The Essays Or Counsels, Civil and Moral

The Essays Or Counsels, Civil and Moral

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`their excellence and their value consisted in being the observations of a strong mind operating upon life; and in consequence you find what you seldom find in other books.' Samuel Johnson Celebrated today as a writer and scientist, Francis Bacon was for the most part of his life occupied with the law and public affairs at a high level. Although personally devastating, his fall from public office in 1621 nonetheless served to liberate him for his own work and the last five years ofhis life saw an enormous output in the most varied fields. It is to this period that we owe the last and most popular work published in his lifetime, the Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral (1625) Focusing on the ethical, political and historical constraints and influences on human behaviour and following principles laid down by rhetorical theory, Bacon sought to systematize his observations on such diverse topics as beauty, deformity, fortune, adversity, ambition, friendship, truth, marriage, atheism and superstition. Persuasive and diagnostic, his Essays are valued for many reasons, not least their combination of a dispassionate observation of human life with powerfully expressed moral judgements. This edition is based on the Oxford Authors series complete with notes on Bacon's rich vocabulary and substantial annotation.But if the force of custom simple and separate be great, the force of custom copulate1 and conjoined and collegiate* is far ... For commonwealths and good governments do nourish virtue grown, but do not much mend7 the seeds. ... i coupled with 2 strengthens 3 stimulates 4 highest point, of greatest influence 5 depends on 6 social institutions 7 improve 8 that 9 external events 10 contribute n kindness, anbsp;...

Title:The Essays Or Counsels, Civil and Moral
Author:Francis Bacon, Brian Vickers
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1999


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