Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients. But it is not only the difficulty and labor, which men take in finding out of truth, nor again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon men's thoughts, that doth bring lies in favor; but a natural though corrupt love, of the lie itself.
Early life[ edit ] The young Francis Bacon. Inscription around his head reads: Si tabula daretur digna animum mallem, Latin for "If one could but paint his mind". He received tuition from John Walsall, a graduate of Oxford with a strong leaning toward Puritanism.
He entered Trinity College, Cambridgeon 5 April at the age of 12,  living for three years there, together with his older brother Anthony Bacon under the personal tutelage of Dr John Whitgiftfuture Archbishop of Canterbury.
Bacon's education was conducted largely in Latin and followed the medieval curriculum. He was also educated at the University of Poitiers. It was at Cambridge that he first met Queen Elizabethwho was impressed by his precocious intellect, and was accustomed to calling him "The young lord keeper".
His reverence for Aristotle conflicted with his rejection of Aristotelian philosophywhich seemed to him barren, disputatious and wrong in its objectives. A few months later, Francis went abroad with Sir Amias Pauletthe English ambassador at Paris, while Anthony continued his studies at home.
The state of government and society in France under Henry III afforded him valuable political instruction. On at least one occasion he delivered diplomatic letters to England for WalsinghamBurghley, and Leicesteras well as for the queen.
Sir Nicholas had laid up a considerable sum of money to purchase an estate for his youngest son, but he died before doing so, and Francis was left with only a fifth of that money. He sought to further these ends by seeking a prestigious post.
Inthrough his uncle, Lord Burghleyhe applied for a post at court that might enable him to pursue a life of learning, but his application failed. For two years he worked quietly at Gray's Innuntil he was admitted as an outer barrister in In he took his seat in parliament for Melcombe in Dorset, and in for Taunton.
At this time, he began to write on the condition of parties in the church, as well as on the topic of philosophical reform in the lost tract Temporis Partus Maximus. Yet he failed to gain a position that he thought would lead him to success.
This led to the publication of his earliest surviving tract, which criticised the English church's suppression of the Puritan clergy. About this time, he again approached his powerful uncle for help; this move was followed by his rapid progress at the bar.
He became a bencher in and was elected a Reader indelivering his first set of lectures in Lent the following year. He later sat three times for Ipswich, and once for Cambridge University Though a friend of the crown, he opposed feudal privileges and dictatorial powers.
He spoke against religious persecution.Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC QC (/ ˈ b eɪ k ən /; 22 January – 9 April ) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author.
He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, his works remained influential in the development of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.
The genius of Francis Bacon is nowhere better revealed than in his essays. Bacon’s education was grounded in the classical texts of ancient Greece and Rome, but he brought vividness and color to the arid scholasticism of medieval book-learning.
I first encountered Francis Bacon's "Essays" many, many years ago during college. My copy was a college library edition, so it did not remain a part of my permanent collection. However, some 25+ years later, I purchased the Penguin Classics edition to reread and reminisce about my school days, and I was not disappointed/5(37).
I first encountered Francis Bacon's "Essays" many, many years ago during college. My copy was a college library edition, so it did not remain a part of my permanent collection. However, some 25+ years later, I purchased the Penguin Classics edition to reread and reminisce about my school days, and I was not disappointed.
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