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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co; classic ed edition (1 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564592308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564592309
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.6 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,798,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), English philosopher, statesman, and essayist,was born atYork House inLondon. The fifth son of Nicholas Bacon, he was left penniless at the death of his father. He pursued studies in law and entered the House of Commons, but his career advanced only after King James I ascended the throne. Baconopposed Aristotelian and Scholastic schools of thought and instead presented his own empirical philosophy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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WE sailed from Peru (where we had continued by the space of one whole year), for China and Japan, by the South Sea, taking with us victuals for twelve months; and had good winds from the east, though soft and weak, for five months' space and more; but then the wind came about, and settled in the west for many days, so as we could make little or no way, and were sometimes in purpose to turn back. Read the first page
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"The New Atlantis" is the philosophical and intellectual utopia envisioned by Francis Bacon. Published in 1627, the year after the author's death by his literary executor, speculation is that Bacon wrote his story in 1623 or 1624, which would be after his fall from political power. Unlike many of his other major works, Bacon wrote "The New Atlantis" in English and then had it translated into Latin, an indication that he intended it for a wider, English-speaking audience. It had been nearly a century since Thomas More's "Utopia" had been published, and Bacon's slim volume would spur a revitalized interest in the genre. However, in proposing science as the ultimate source of human salvation, Bacon was taking an approach quite different from More in positing his utopia.
Bacon focuses on the duty of the state toward science, and his projections for state-sponsored research anticipate many advances in medicine and surgery, meteorology, and machinery. Although "The New Atlantis" is only a part of his plan for an ideal commonwealth, this work does represent Bacon's ideological beliefs. The inhabitants of Bensalem represent the ideal qualities of Bacon the statesman: generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit. Bacon breaks from Plato, Aristotle and other ancient writers by insisting that humans do not need to aspire to fewer desires because the extraordinary advances of science would make it possible to appease bodily desires by providing material things that would satisfy human greed. For Bacon there is no reason to waste time and energy trying to get human beings to rise to a higher moral state.
In his conception of Solomon's House we see the what Bacon the scientist envisioned for the future of human knowledge in an unfettered intellectual setting.
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This book can take a few reads to fully absorb into your head, but it'd be worth the time required for such reading. As it does have a very interesting story behind it. Along with a few lovely quotes which could assist in reviewing your own life.

Or well, it certainly put me in a philosophical mood to say the least. The thoughts of which shall remain private.
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