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The Major Works

The Major Works 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 t

  • Title: The Major Works
  • Author: Francis Bacon Brian Vickers
  • ISBN: 9780199540792
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 thinking.Although he had a distinguished career asThis 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 thinking.Although 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 Learning 1605 he 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 1597, much enlarged in 1625 as a study of the formative influences on human behaviour, psychological and social In The New Atlantis 1626 he 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 poetry.A special feature of the edition is its extensive annotation which identifies Bacon s sources and allusions, and glosses his vocabulary.

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    1. Francis Bacon was fantastically learned, wise, shrewd, and an epigrammatic master. Not only so, but he was plainly a conscientious and sincere Christian, one who knew the Scriptures well, and who applied them ably and often. Not surprisingly, he is often falsely accused.

    2. 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 t [...]

    3. 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.

    4. 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 Rena [...]

    5. "knowledge is power" (Meditations)"the more discordant, therefore, and incredible, the divine mystery is, the more honour is shown to God in believing it, and the nobler is the victory of faith." (De augmentis)

    6. This book contains his works in English, not the Novum Organum that was written in EnLatin.In his Essays Bacon is more hands-on than Montaigne. The essay New Atlantis was interesting, but the world he describes seems very boring.

    7. 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.

    8. Sometimes compelling and insightful, sometimes painfully tedious. Suffice to say, exactly what you'd expect.

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