It has long been asked if and how Descartes read Montaigne. Contemporary readers find in the temper of the Essais what shapes the Discours, the Méditations, Les Passions de l’âme, and Les Règles. Are the connections coincidental? Do they belong to enduring discursive formations determining how and what can be thought and said? Is the pairing a projection of our age? Or do they belong to an inner imperative, what Proust called ‘le moi œuvrant’, in which an existential address with the world is built on creative doubt? Ending on a question mark, Hervé Baudry believes that because Descartes’s agenda and aims were far from those of the Essais it is pointless to wonder if the author of the Méditations and...

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