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A brief introduction on Francis Bacon and his work on essays

Who was Francis Bacon?

Francis Bacon, born in London was one of the most prominent figures in philosophy and in the field on scientific methodology; his work is highly acclaimed specially during the era of renaissance to modern age. He worked as a lawyer, Queen’s Counsel and a parliament member, and wrote several questions on religion, state and law. His valuable contribution in modern politics is still appreciated. He had not only published several texts on the concepts of the society but also speculated questions on ethics (Essays) in his work on philosophy.

Bacon essays are still very popular especially the quotes from his essays. For example:

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.—Bacon Essay “Of Fortune”

The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense; the last was the light of reason; and his Sabbath work ever since is the illumination of his spirit.- from his essay, Francis Bacon the Essays "Of Truth"

Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state; servants of fame; and servants of business. – Francis Bacon say “Of Counsel”

Major essays of Francis Bacon are enlisted below:

  • Of Truth
  • Of Death
  • Of Unity in Religion
  • Of Revenge
  • Of Adversity
  • Of Simulation and Dissimulation
  • Of Parents and Children
  • Of Marriage and Single Life
  • Of Envy
  • Of Love
  • Of Great Place
  • Of Boldness
  • Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature
  • Of Nobility
  • Of Seditions
  • Of Atheism
  • Of Superstition
  • Of Travel
  • Of Empire
  • Of Counsel
  • Of Delays
  • Of Cunning
  • Of Wisdom for a Man's Self
  • Of Innovations
  • Of Dispatch
  • Of Seeming Wise
  • Of Friendship
  • Of Expense
  • Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates
  • Of Regiment of Health
  • Of Suspicion
  • Of Discourse
  • Of Plantations
  • Of Riches
  • Of Prophecies
  • Of Ambition
  • Of Masques and Triumphs
  • Of Nature in Men
  • Of Custom and Education
  • Of Fortune
  • Of Usury
  • Of Youth and Age
  • Of Beauty
  • Of Deformity
  • Of Building
  • Of Gardens
  • Of Negotiating
  • 0f Followers and Friends
  • Of Suitors
  • Of Studies
  • Of Faction
  • Of Ceremonies, and Respects
  • Of Praise
  • Of Vain-glory
  • Of Honor and Reputation
  • Of Judicature
  • Of Anger
  • Of Vicissitude
  • of Things
  • Of Fame

Thereby, Francis Bacon had contributed a lot through his essays and these were just a glimpse of his work.


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