The agreeable eye

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Montaigne 1.32

Contre les astrologues.
Contre les astrologues’, Gilles Corrozet, Hecatomgraphie (1540)

We can neither understand the arbitrary and personal meaning of the stars, nor why Heliogabalus died in a privy.1 Montaigne seems to suggest that we should be content with not knowing and, while he would believe in a greater meaning for these things – a meaning perceptible only to Providence – it does seem the more prudent course. Though naturally one is free, pace our essayist, to doubt whether that greater significance exists at all.

  1. Along with Arius (as vividly described by St. Ambrose) & Pope Leo (217). []


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