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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, 3 Feb 2006
It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of this book. Francis Bacon, the son of one of Elizabeth Is advisors is a wise fellow, who's sole aim is to improve humanity. Through a series of succinct and highly readable essays he propounds upon what's important in life (love, death,learning) with a clarity unparalleled in other essayists (I exclude Montaigne).
Apart from a generous number of essays, the Oxford version also includes the Advancment of Learning, a remarkable and historicaly important polemic on the vices and virtues of learning. A work that is still as relevant today as it was in the seventeenth century.
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