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Francis Bacon. 22 Jan. 1561 – 9 Apr. 1626 English essayist 16 th /17 th Centuries. http://www.biography.com/people/francis-bacon-9194632. Served several different roles throughout life English embassy in Paris – secretary, copyist, intelligencer Picked up deciphering and decoding

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Francis bacon

Francis Bacon

22 Jan. 1561 – 9 Apr. 1626

English essayist

16th/17th Centuries

http://www.biography.com/people/francis-bacon-9194632


His life

  • Served several different roles throughout life

    • English embassy in Paris – secretary, copyist, intelligencer

      • Picked up deciphering and decoding

    • Law career

    • Advisor/Protégé

      • Earl of Essex was his patron.

      • Advised Queen Elizabeth, King James

    • Science philosopher

  • Key Contemporaries

    • William Shakespeare

    • Queen Elizabeth

    • John Donne

    • Ben Johnson

His life


His style

His style


His writing common topics

TOPICS

  • Legal and political topics

  • Religious and moral/conduct

  • Philosophy and science

  • Lots of advising to royalty

  • The Advancement of Learning – educational reform

  • Essays – Conduct of public officials

IMPACT

His writing – Common Topics

THEMES

  • Essays attempted “to make wonders plain”

  • Matched the laws of men with the laws of nature

  • Practical concerns


Francis bacon

“On Studies”

“On Revenge”

Well-reasoned argument

Moral issue

Explains that revenge really only hurts the person desiring it, not the person targeted.

Our public conduct and behavior are a reflection of our internal motives and desires.

  • Well-reasoned argument

  • Educational issue

  • Studies should be pursued for the noble purpose of gaining knowledge.

  • Studies and knowledge shape and enhance a person’s life.

  • Implies a connection between intelligence and conduct.


His impact

  • Anticipated modern science

  • Induction over deduction (empiricism) – inquiry model

  • Ideal of “good science” - search for truth

  • Connection between science and life

His impact


Sources

Davies, Rosalind. “Francis Bacon (22 January 1561-9 April 1626).” British Philosophers, 1500-1799. Ed. Philip Breed Dematteis and Peter S. Fosl. Dictionary of Literary Biography.252(2002): 11-36. Web. 7 February 2013.

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