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The Advancement Of Learning (The Oxford Francis Bacon #4)

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While he didn't exactly invent science, Francis Bacon is its best-known early promoter. The Advancement of Learning is his 1605 argument in favor of natural philosophy and inductive reasoning, and it is still vigorous and cogent today. Though using the language of Shakespeare, the book remains largely accessible to modern readers--still, a bit of classical knowledge is hel ...more
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Nick Bond
Aug 04, 2013 Nick Bond rated it liked it
All of the writings of Sir Francis Bacon, whether his terse collection of essays or his expositions on science, have a quality that is logical and rigorous, clearly brilliant, and eminently unrelatable. Whether it's his shameless toadying to the resident monarch or his tendency to abstract simple, common-sense ideas into multiple paragraphs of raw pretentiousness, you're likely to find yourself doing more than a few eye rolls. Also, note that if you are going to tackle Advancement of Learning an ...more
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بس لما تعرف ان الكتاب انكتب من سنة فاتت حتحس بثورية أفكار بيكون وكيف كاين سابق لزمانه
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افضل اقتباس من الكتاب :
Aren't true discovers those who say that they shouldn't sail the sea looking for land because they only sea water .
Little knowledge turns u into an atheist , but greater knowledge turn u back to god
Jeff Shelnutt
Mar 15, 2015 Jeff Shelnutt rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, science
One of those books that I found myself re-reading whole paragraphs in order to try to more fully grasp the flow of thought. That's a good thing! It made it a challenge to get through, but I feel my time was well spent. Bacon's been referred to as a forerunner of modern philosophy and science. He certainly had a prodigious intellect and was able to take a breathtaking survey of a wide range of subjects. Very rarely do we find such men or women today in our increasing tendency to specialize in fie ...more
Kelly Ann
May 10, 2011 Kelly Ann rated it did not like it
I was certainly challenged by the language and Latin in this essay. The length was another obstacle to overcome. However, there were a few lines that made me realize that education and learning hasn't advanced all that much over the last few centuries!
Jesse Schexnayder
Jan 03, 2012 Jesse Schexnayder rated it really liked it
Heavy on the Latin and pithy aphorisms, but definitely worth it.
Alex Rubenstein
Dec 24, 2013 Alex Rubenstein rated it it was amazing
It may just be the most important work of science ever written (granted it is damned hard to read with so many Latin interjections and poetic epigrams). Bacon addresses the stagnancy of the scientific method since Plato and develops a thorough agenda for reforming all areas of thought and practice, from medicine to metaphysics. Along the way he casually invents multiple new sciences: social psychology, personality psychology, clinical psychology, science relating to how our body affects our mind ...more
A fascinating book. Bacon is much underrated as a philosopher. His vision for the reform of philosophy and science - well, of learning in general - is quite breathtaking in its scope and audacity. He's also a great writer.

The one thing that spoils it is the quality of this edition. There are no notes, no translation of the extremely frequent Latin quotations with which Bacon illustrates his points, which makes for a very frustrating experience.

Also, this is the original English text. Bacon later
Lukas op de Beke
Dec 30, 2015 Lukas op de Beke rated it it was amazing
The Advancement consists of a shorter first book and a longer second book, I would advise anybody to only read the former, a brilliant exposé of the merits and triumphs of general learning, and not the latter, a tedious and wholly outdated overview of the fields of learning and styles of scientific and ohter research.
Jan 22, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: rhetoric
Although seen as one of rhetoric's villeins, Bacon endorses a place for rhetoric, even if it is only et his rebus ornamento, eloquentia. Not going to pretend it doesn't drag in places, but well worth a skim-through, especially the catchy bits about why education is so worthwhile.
Tom Nysetvold
Dec 27, 2013 Tom Nysetvold rated it liked it
Reading this gave me a better perspective on the general state of science and knowledge in Bacon's time. Some of the time spent on classification of knowledge seemed to pass the point, though.
Soren (Carnal Malefactor)
Very tough read, i feel like most wont enjoy the constant quotation in Latin of early Philosophers and Poets, but i know i did.
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Very tough read, i feel like most wont enjoy the constant quotation in Latin of early Philosophers and Poets, but i know i did.
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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, QC, was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

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