So you re thinking about reading some Francis Bacon And why the hell not You re a personage of elevated smartitudinality with a desiring to increaseth your understandingness of arts historia Besides, you ve been really letting your amazeballs Latin skillz go to waste Wouldn t it be better to read a book in which fully 1 4th of it is written in Latin aphorisms This was a mistake This being the selection of a version of the work of Francis Bacon that stayed true to the vernacular and kept the Latin aphorisms up to a dozen per page in Latin I spent hours of my life flipping back and forth from the text to the end notes trying to make it through a single paragraph while extracting even a thread of Bacon s meaning I read some yada at the beginning I read his plan for education reform well, I skipped the part about religious education and then I set fire to the damned thing and danced around the ensuing pyre I ve never felt better about quitting a book That being said, it still feels bloody awful. This Authoritative Edition Was Originally Published In The Acclaimed Oxford Authors Series Under The General Editorship Of Frank Kermode It Brings Together An Extensive Collection Of Bacon S Writing The Major Prose In Full, Together With Sixteen Other Pieces Not Otherwise Available To Give The Essence Of His Work And ThinkingAlthough He Had A Distinguished Career As A Lawyer And Statesman, Francis Bacon S Lifelong Goal Was To Improve And Extend Human Knowledge In The Advancement Of LearningHe Made A Brilliant Critique Of The Deficiencies Of Previous Systems Of Thought And Proposed Improvements To Knowledge In Every Area Of Human Life He Conceived The Essays , Much Enlarged InAs A Study Of The Formative Influences On Human Behaviour, Psychological And Social In The New AtlantisHe Outlined His Plan For A Scientific Research Institute In The Form Of A Utopian Fable In Addition To These Major English Works This Edition Includes Of Tribute, An Important Early Work Here Printed Complete For The First Time, And A Revealing Selection Of His Legal And Political Writings, Together With His PoetryA Special Feature Of The Edition Is Its Extensive Annotation Which Identifies Bacon S Sources And Allusions, And Glosses His Vocabulary An excellent collection of Baconion works that has a focus other than his scientific studies The collection affirms Bacon as one of England s great minds under Elizabeth I and James I The keen historian will also note Bacon s interaction with Cecil, whilst the occultist will notice the Rosicrucian references. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested That is, some books are to be read only in parts others to be read, but cursorily and some few to be read wholly and with diligence and attention Pg 81.I m not sure where Francis Bacon would put his own writings, but I found his collections of essays best as tasted As Lord Chancellor to King James I, his writings reflect the measured judgment of a man acquiescent to the throne Typical of the Renaissance training of the time, Bacon strings together quotations from classical sources to provide the authority for the points he punctuates At times, reading becomes tedious as his points are not necessarily reasoned through as much as given weight by the authorship of his supporting quotations It does not mean that his points are less well taken The advice on topics ranging from friendship to studies to tribute comes as though from experience The supporting sources just add rhetorical flourish As one expects from a man devoted to public service, he sees a practical value to service Clearness of judgment makes men liberal, for it teacheth men to esteem of the goods of fortune not for themselves, for so they are but jailors to them, but for their use, for so they are lords over them and it makes us to know that it is beatius dare quam accipere, the one being a badge of sovereignty, the other of subjection Also it leadeth us to fortitude, for it teacheth us that we should not too much prize life which we cannot keep, nor fear death which we cannot shun, that he which dies nobly doth live for ever, and he that lives in fear doth die continually that pain and danger be great only by opinion, and that in truth nothing is fearful but fear itself pg 71 knowledge is power Meditations thediscordant, therefore, and incredible, the divine mystery is, thehonour is shown to God in believing it, and the nobler is the victory of faith De augmentis This book contains his works in English, not the Novum Organum that was written in EnLatin.In his Essays Bacon ishands on than Montaigne The essay New Atlantis was interesting, but the world he describes seems very boring. The glory of his age Essays on morality, and a lot of them Any man who writes an essay titled On Seeming Wise can t be all bad in my books. It was tough going at times. Sometimes compelling and insightful, sometimes painfully tedious Suffice to say, exactly what you d expect. I confess that I have found it very difficult to get to the end of his essays.
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