“the greatest and most important difficulty in human knowledge,” montaigne says, “seems to lie in the branch of knowledge which deals with the upbringing and education of children” that seems right and yet it’s hard to argue that we’ve solved the difficulties. Montaigne's essay on the education of children is dedicated to diana of foix the remarkable modernity of thought apparent in montaigne's essays, coupled with their sustained popularity, made them arguably the most prominent work in french philosophy until the enlightenment.
Montaigne on the education of children “the greatest and most important difficulty in human knowledge,” montaigne says, “seems to lie in the branch of knowledge which deals with the upbringing and education of children.
The author of the essays was born, as he informs us himself, between eleven and twelve o’clock in the day, the last of february 1533, at the chateau of st michel de montaigne his father, pierre eyquem, esquire, was successively first jurat of the town of bordeaux (1530), under-mayor 1536, jurat for the second time in 1540, procureur in 1546, and at length mayor from 1553 to 1556.
Montaigne's essay on the education of children is dedicated to diana of foix english journalist and politician j m robertson argued that montaigne's essays had a profound influence on the plays of william shakespeare, citing their similarities in language, themes and structures. Hansen, david t // philosophy of education yearbook2002, p237 an essay is presented in response to another essay on educating children, by michel de montaigne it is stated that montaigne depicts the task of educating children more difficult to learn than practicing medicine and law. Of the institution and education of children to the ladie diana of foix, countesse of gurson michel eyquem de montaigne 1909-14 literary and philosophical essays the harvard classics.
To essay is to “test” or “try,” and montaigne, thinking of his works as trials of his own judgment and capacities, succeeded in inventing the essay with a personal slant while often personal, his essays are not confessional or confidential but achieve the universal quality of the greatest literature. He investigates such topics as happiness, names, the education of children, solitude, repentance, and more than a hundred more in length the essays range from one or two pages to one of more than a hundred pages.
In 1595 mademoiselle de gournay published a new edition of montaigne’s essays, and the first with the latest emendations of the author, from a copy presented to her by his widow, and which has not been recovered, although it is known to have been in existence some years after the date of the impression, made on its authority.