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The Fable of the Bees

The Fable of the Bees – Bernard de Mandeville Mandeville’s philosophy gave great offence at the time, and has always been stigmatized as false, cynical and degrading. His main thesis is that the actions of men cannot be divided into lower and higher. In the Fable he shows a society possessed of all the virtues “blest with content and honesty,” falling into apathy and utterly paralyzed. The absence of self-love is the death of progress. The so-called higher virtues are mere hypocrisy, and arise from the selfish desire to be superior to the brutes. He endeavours to show that all social laws are the crystallized results of selfish aggrandizement and protective alliances among the weak. Format: Paperback. The Fable of… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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Essential Writings

Essential Writings – Nicholas Barbon Nicholas Barbon was an English economist, physician, and financial speculator. He is widely conceived as one of the first proponents of the free market. This edition includes his most prominent essays: An Apology For The Builder A Discourse Of Trade A Discourse Concerning Coining The New Money Lighter Format: Paperback. Essential Writings ISBN: 9783849687793 Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Biography of Nicholas Barbon (from Wikipedia): Nicholas Barbon was the eldest son of Praise-God Barebone (or Barbon), after whom the Barebone’s Parliament of 1653—the predecessor of Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate—was named. Praise-God’s reputed Christian name was “Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned”, a variant of his son’s middle name. He became a religious separatist with Millenarianist beliefs, with fervent views… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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On the Law of War and Peace

On the Law of War and Peace – Hugo Grotius “On The Law of War and Peace” was translated into many languages, and most law schools adopted it as the basis of the right of nations. Princes and statesmen consulted the book, and just as Alexander the Great always had a copy of Homer’s ‘Iliad,’ so the great Gustavus Adolphus always had with him a copy of Grotius’ work, to remind himself that even the most successful general must respect some laws. Grotius’ strength lies in his moderation and in the fact that he quotes copiously from the best authorities to fortify his views . Format: Paperback. On the Law of War and Peace ISBN: 9783849687786 Available at amazon.com and… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Wisdom of the Ancients

The Wisdom of the Ancients – Sir Francis Bacon Bacon published this interesting little work in 1609. It contains thirty-one fables abounding with a union of deep thought and poetic beauty. In most fables he explains the common but erroneous supposition that knowledge and the conformity of the will, knowing and acting, are convertible terms. Format: Paperback The Wisdom of the Ancients. ISBN: 9783849691844 Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Biography of Francis Bacon (from Wikipedia): Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) 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, he remained extremely… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The New Atlantis

The New Atlantis – Sir Francis Bacon The ‘New Atlantis’, first published in 1627, but probably written between 1622 and 1624, is a fragmentary sketch of an ideal commonwealth, and in particular of an ideal “palace of invention” called “Solomon’s House,”—a great establishment of scientific research such as Bacon longed to see founded. The book, which expresses the idealistic spirit of the Renaissance, shows Bacon at his best. The description of Solomon’s house is said to have led to the establishment of the Royal Society. . Format: Paperback The New Atlantis. ISBN: 9783849691813 Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Biography of Francis Bacon (from Wikipedia): Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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Essays

Essays – Sir Francis Bacon Of Bacon’s literary, as distinct from his philosophical and professional, works, far the most popular and important are the ‘Essays.’ But it may not be superfluous to remark that the ‘Essays’ are the most original of all Bacon’s works, those which, in detail, he seems to have thought out most completely for himself, apart from books and collections of commonplaces. Though the ‘Essays’ have the same title as the larger collection of Montaigne, the two works have little in common, except their rare power of exciting interest and the unmistakable mark of genius which is impressed on them both. Format: Paperback Essays. ISBN: 9783849692094 Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Biography of Francis Bacon… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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Novum Organum

Novum Organum – Sir Francis Bacon The ‘Novum Organum,’ in the shape in which its author left it, is only a fragment of the larger work which Bacon contemplated under that title, as adequately representing the second part of the ‘Great Instauration.’ Nevertheless, though only a fragment, the ‘Novum Organum,’ and especially the first book, is the most carefully written of all Bacon’s philosophical works. Moreover, as describing the new method of which the renovation of knowledge was to be the result, it is the keystone of the entire system. Format: Paperback Novum Organum. ISBN: 9783849692087 Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Biography of Francis Bacon (from Wikipedia): Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC KC (22 January 1561 … Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Advancement of Learning

The Advancement of Learning – Sir Francis Bacon The Advancement of Learning is a splendid attempt to defend and magnify the pursuit of learning and then to survey the existing state of human knowledge. Part of the argument of the first part has lost its cogency, or even its relevancy, today. But in breadth of view and fertility of suggestion the work is extraordinary. As a statement of intellectual ideals, and a program, or even a prophecy, of their accomplishment, it stands among the most significant productions of the Renaissance The Advancement of Learning. ISBN: 9783849692070 Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Biography of Francis Bacon (from Wikipedia): Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC KC (22 January 1561 … Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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