“A man’s nature runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore, let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other” (Bacon, “Of Nature in Men” 141). In what ways does this quotation reflect Francis Bacon’s approach to knowledge and the human condition in his Essays and in his New Atlantis?

This quote reflects the pragmatic emphasis on both morality and rationalism that threads through Bacon's Essays and his New Atlantis.

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In both his Essays and his New Atlantis, Bacon promotes an ideal world founded on Christian ethics conjoined with an enlightened view of scientific inquiry and rationalism. The Essays examine a variety of moral subjects in a dispassionate and pragmatic way, while the New Atlantis explores an ideal utopia near Peru that has been converted to Christianity, runs on enlightened and scientific principles, and is pure and morally uncorrupted in a way Europe is not, expanding on Montaigne's idea of the Noble Savage.

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