Montaigne on Learning

Reply Sat 10 Apr, 2010 02:48 pm
... from his Essays; this one 1:25 On Schoolmaster's Learning.

While talking at length about knowledge, the use of and how its typically acquired, Montaigne launches into a description of how he perceives learning to be a nearly-empty exercise for those without intellectual curiosity or a desire (or basis) for understanding:[INDENT]"For learning sheds no light on a soul which lacks it; it cannot make a blind an see: her task is not to furnish him with sight but to train his own and to put it through its paces - if, that is, it has legs and hoofs which are sound and capable."

[/INDENT]His essays (which I'm currently going through; yes, all 1,250+ pages of), are actually full of thought-provoking wisdom like the above. Definitely good stuff - but this one I thought particularly good for sharing.

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