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" For the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass, wherein the beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered... "
The Works of Francis Bacon - Page 142
by Francis Bacon (visct. St. Albans.) - 1819
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Essays for College English

James Cloyd Bowman - American essays - 1918 - 504 pages
...their quest of truth, perceived that there were four grounds of human error. Of these the first is "the false appearances that are imposed upon us by the general nature of the mind" of man. The mind is always prone to accept the affirmative or active as proof rather than the negative;...
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Adventures in Essay Reading: Essays Selected by the Department of Rhetoric ...

University of Michigan. Dept. of Rhetoric and Journalism - American essays - 1924 - 428 pages
...their quest of truth, perceived that there were four grounds of human error. Of these the first is "the false appearances that are imposed upon us by the general nature of the mind" of man. The mind is always prone to accept the affirmative or active as proof rather than the negative...
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Studies in Philology, Volume 22

Electronic journals - 1925 - 610 pages
...beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be...imposed upon us by the general nature of the mind. . . . Browne opens the first book with a similar statement : The first and farther cause of common...
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The Dental Practitioner, Volume 1

Dentistry - 1883
...beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence ; " it is rather like an enchanted glass full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced." As seen in this "enchanted glass," the coming and going of the teeth is well calculated to furnish...
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The Confines of Criticism

Alfred Edward Housman - Criticism - 1969 - 64 pages
...beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence ; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced'. But one clue I think I can commend to you which will lead in the right direction, though not all the...
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Utopia and the Ideal Society: A Study of English Utopian Writing 1516-1700

J. C. Davis - History - 1983 - 444 pages
...beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced'.99 It was against the shortcomings of the mind that Bacon warned men in his theory of the...
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Tragedy and After: Euripides, Shakespeare, Goethe

Ekbert Faas - Drama - 1986 - 244 pages
...human mind as "a vagabond, dangerous, and fond-hardy implement,"47 while Bacon calls it "an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced."48 To the British philosopher, this distorting mirror was compounded of four major fallacies,...
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The Rhetoric of Empiricism: Language and Perception from Locke to I.A. Richards

Jules David Law - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 282 pages
...beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced" (153). Bacon's critique is considerably different from Locke's, however, because the Renaissance tropes...
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Francis Bacon: History, Politics and Science, 1561-1626

Brian Harvey Goodwin Wormald, Wormald Brian Harvey Goodwin - History - 1993 - 436 pages
...beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced. '" Even if logicians could be converted to recognizing this, their logic would be incapable of changing...
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Passage to Modernity: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture

Louis K. Dupré - Philosophy - 1993 - 318 pages
...original. Therefore Bacon cautions against distorted reflections in a mind that "is rather an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced." The source of truth for Bacon continues to lie outside the mind, although the emphasis placed on the...
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