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Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is widely accepted as a progenitor of the scientific method and the father of the modern essay. In both areas he relied on systematic empirical thinking in order to...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 6:48 pm UTC

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"Reading makes a full man" refers to the notion that by reading, one is able to fill the mind with knowledge pertaining to a variety of topics. Literature often enables a person to enter and...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2017 1:14 pm UTC

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If brevity is the soul of wit, Bacon's essays reflect that style. Bacon's writing is direct and to the point, the kind of plain prose his role model in essay writing, Montaigne, excelled at. For...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017 9:39 pm UTC

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Francis Bacon's The Essays, or Counsels Civill & Morall, the definitive collection of essays he wrote from 1597 to 1620, was published in 1625 and contains essays on practical, religious, and...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2013 8:30 pm UTC

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We've all experienced a time in our lives when our hearts are so full that we simply have to tell someone what is going on inside us. At those moments, we seek out a friend. Indeed, in his essay...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021 3:05 pm UTC

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In his Novum Organum, Bacon defines idols as "false notions." Like false gods, they mislead us and blind us to truth. The Idols of the Tribe are the tendency to treat human observation and reason...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 11:34 am UTC

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Sir Francis Bacon explores the themes of independence, liberty, and marriage throughout his essay "Of Marriage and Single Life." As was mentioned in the previous post, Bacon examines the positives...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2017 1:57 pm UTC

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A critical appreciation evaluates a piece of writing, attempting to explain the purpose of the work and whether or not the writer successfully achieved his or her goals. In "Of Revenge," Bacon...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 12:25 pm UTC

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Francis Bacon begins his essay “Of Friendship” with an eye-catching quote from Aristotle: “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.” Although Bacon takes issue with the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 3:04 pm UTC

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In this 1625 essay, Bacon uses religious precedent as a reason not to exact revenge, quoting Solomon as saying that "it is the glory of man" to overlook an offense. Likewise, he cites the book of...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 12:43 pm UTC

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In his essay "Of Love," Francis Bacon seeks to examine love as a philosopher and even as a scientist, attempting to pin down the nature of what love is and to divide the phenomenon into different...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 11:14 am UTC

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Alexander Pope, in Epistle IV of his Essay on Man, refers to Sir Francis Bacon as "the wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind" (281-282). This character reference of Bacon's is referred to in many...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 11:03 pm UTC

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Bacon's essay "Of Followers and Friends" (ca. 1610), like all his essays, is designed to guide men to a successful life. Bacon is not so much concerned with moral goodness in life as he is in...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 1:09 pm UTC

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First, as Francis Bacon comments on human nature and the human condition, students of all periods can benefit from thinking about his work. Since social media did not exist in his period, and will...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 9:16 pm UTC

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Bacon's aphoristic style of writing serves a precise purpose. He wants to purge the English language of superfluous words, just as he wants to purge the modern mind of superfluous ideas. For Bacon,...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018 9:00 am UTC

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Sir Francis Bacon can be considered a “man of the Renaissance” in a number of different ways, including the following: He was a man of diverse interests and talents, gifted as a writer, scientific...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 3:20 am UTC

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Bacon's essay is about the uses of ambition in the service a prince or of the state, and about the best ways to manage ambitious men. He begins by dividing the ambitious into two groups: those that...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 11:58 am UTC

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Bacon makes the statement that the unvarnished truth has the lesser value of a pearl compared to a diamond. People value lies more, as they would a diamond, because they like and need some flashes...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2018 11:50 am UTC

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Francis Bacon (1561–1626) was a nobleman who served as Lord Chancellor of England and legal counsel to Queen Elizabeth I. He was also a scientist, philosopher, and essayist whose knowledge was much...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019 5:14 am UTC

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To understand why Francis Bacon titled his text The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, readers must understand what the terms counsels, civil, and moral mean. Counsel refers to advice that is...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 12:53 am UTC

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In "Of Discourse," Bacon, one of the most important rhetoricians in the early seventeenth century, argues that The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion; and again to moderate and...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

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Francis Bacon was a great proponent of the Rule of Three (q.v.), the rhetorical technique that appears in #1-5. Each of them are intended to be memorable maxims-- small truths of life-- and all...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 8:10 am UTC

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An aphorism is a statement made in a way in that it asserts a general truth or makes a keen, or sharp, observation. The Random House Dictionary gives us an example attributed to Lord Acton, a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2014 8:42 am UTC

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This statement must be considered in the context of the essay written by Bacon, Of Studies. In the essay, Bacon is discussing what studies are for, or should be for, and how to best use them to...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2010 10:14 pm UTC

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A related question to your question would be, What was Bacon's idealism like? I would first answer this question. Then, I will discuss the essay, "Of Great Places," in the light of his idealism --...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2009 9:55 am UTC

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Francis Bacon's short essay "Of Beauty" begins by arguing that extreme physical beauty and virtue are antithetical. He claims that it's better for a person to be "comely, though not of delicate...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 7:07 pm UTC

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Sir Francis Bacon was a true Renaissance man in that he was accomplished in many areas, one of which was essayist (read a brief bio at the link below). Some scholars believe it was he who invented...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010 4:47 am UTC

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The origins of Greek drama are found in the religious ceremonies dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of "wine, women and song" so to speak or as I always call him, the party god. It was out of the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 1:39 am UTC

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Characteristically, Sir Francis Bacon has many things to say about his subject. Although his essays are short, he usually seems to try to cram in everything he knows. This makes them hard to...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

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In "Of Ambition," after discussing the dangers of ambitious men, Bacon turns near the end of the essay to the advantages of honorable men. First, being honorable, or wanting to do the right thing,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2021 9:14 pm UTC

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When completing a literary analysis, a reader must examine the purpose behind how and why a text was written. Authors make very specific literary and stylistic choices for very specific reasons. A...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2013 5:52 pm UTC

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In this essay, Bacon attempts to take some of the fear out of death by situating it in a larger context. It is not the worst thing in the world, he says; it is just another one of life's processes....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 5:30 pm UTC

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As a leading light in the scientific revolution, Bacon wanted language to have the same kind of precision and accuracy as scientific discourse. This meant that language, wherever possible, should...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 11:04 am UTC

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Bacon's quote speaks to the idea of how one needs to exercise caution in their associations. The idea of "costly followers" as ones that increase connectivity, but decreases individual...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 11:46 am UTC

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Francis Bacon's essay "Of Delay," while opening with an admission that while it may, at times, be best to wait upon a turn of fortune, concludes that this strategy may also result in a loss. He...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 8:35 am UTC

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An aphoristic writing style is characterized by direct, straightforward, and pithy language. It does not mince words and does not waste time on embellishment or flowery language. Bacon's essays are...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

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Perhaps the first important element of Bacon's essay "Of Truth" is his argument that . . . men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2012 2:07 pm UTC

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In examining the Francis Bacon essay "Of Simulation and Dissimulation," it's worth noting that Bacon was not only of the foremost scientists and philosophers of the Elizabethan period, but also, at...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 10:06 am UTC

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Sir Francis Bacon wore many hats. Bacon was a scientist, philosopher, politician, and writer. He was considered to be one of the great thinkers of his time. Writing in the 16th and 17th...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2012 11:57 pm UTC

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“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” It is perhaps this quote that best exemplifies the life and legacy of Sir Francis Bacon. Born January 22, 1562, Sir...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 2:42 pm UTC

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In “Of Truth,” Bacon puts forward a notion of truth that is extremely demanding. Truth does not come easily; it can only be arrived at by a lengthy process involving considerable “difficulty and...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2021 12:46 pm UTC

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This short essay by Francis Bacon focuses on the follies of excessive praise, and the often nefarious motivations behind giving it, in addition to the harmful consequences of freely accepting it....

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 4:35 pm UTC

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The misquote we may often hear is that "time is the great motivator," which means that the amount of time one has to do a task or complete a job can be a strong motivation in reaching one's goal—if...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 12:06 pm UTC

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In his essay “Of Love,” Francis Bacon tries to examine the nature of love as a scientist might. His prose style is dense, complex, and filled with allusions and examples drawn from literature,...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2021 2:31 pm UTC

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Dissimulation: to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense. Simmulation: the act or process of pretending; feigning. (Random House Dictionary) Bacon says that...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 10:15 pm UTC

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In his essay "Of Followers and Friends," Francis Bacon recommends that an individual should not accumulate too many followers because they may have ignoble intentions. He also suggests confining...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 9:22 pm UTC

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In Francis Bacon's book The Advancement of Learning, Bacon postulated that there was no reason for humankind to continue to be limited by the boundaries of previous great men's thoughts and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 11:43 pm UTC

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Bacon's prose style is renowned for being crisp, succinct, and to the point. He was a firm believer that language should be a reflection of thought. That being the case, clear thoughts should...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 4:48 am UTC

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Francis Bacon was an English writer, philosopher and statesman. He is often referred to as the father of empiricism. Empiricism states that knowledge comes only from sensory experience—therefore,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 12:53 pm UTC

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It is with good reason that Francis Bacon has been hailed as “the father of English prose.” This glowing epithet is a testament to Bacon's revolutionizing of English prose, which became enormously...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2021 8:25 am UTC

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