- 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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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.Read more ›
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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