Jefferson Book Club Meeting: Essays of Francis Bacon
Wed, September 10, 2014 • 5:00 PM • WAG 403B
Francis Bacon is famous today as one of the fathers of the modern scientific method, but his philosophic interests went well beyond natural science. His most popular work in his own time was his book of Essays or Counsels Civil and Moral, a collection of brief, often enigmatic and surprising reflections on many facets of human life and experience, from gardening, to atheism, to the joys and trials of married life. We will discuss a selection of these essays, focusing especially on Bacon's reflections on truth, lies, religion, and superstition.
We'll be reading the following (very short) essays:
1. Of Truth, 2. Of Death, 3. Of Unity in Religion 6. Of Simulation and Dissimulation,10. Of Love, 12. Of Boldness, 16. Of Atheism,17. Of Superstition, 24. Of Innovations, and 58. Of Vicissitude in Things
Here's a link to an online edition: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/575/575-h/575-h.htm and paper copies are available for pickup in BAT 2.116.