Leonardo da Vinci, Michel de Montaigne, and Shakespeare are often understood as “geniuses” who somehow transcended their time and place, authors who have something to teach us about the human condition and about ourselves. But what makes their style of thought distinctive and how has this question of style been described historically? Exploring da Vinci, Montaigne, and Shakespeare within their historical moments and through the lens of their receptions, this course seeks to explore the formal choices through which these men invited us not only to think about them, but to think with them.