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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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Sceptres and Sciences in the Spains: Four Humanists and the New Philosophy ...

Ruth Hill - Philosophy - 2000 - 308 pages
...El sue˝o, vv. 873—86. 135 Bacon too addressed the magic lantern in his treatment of the phantasy: full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced. (Advancement, bk. 2, ch. 14, pp. 126-27) 136 On the concept of microcosmos in earlier works of Spanish...
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The English Renaissance: An Anthology of Sources and Documents

Kate Aughterson - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 628 pages
...true incidence; nay it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposmre, if it lie not delivered and reduced. For this purpose let us consider the false appearances that are imjiosed upon us hy the general namre of the mind, heholding them in an example or two: as first in...
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For Self-examination and Judge for Yourself!

S°ren Kierkegaard - Philosophy - 2002 - 400 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," sc. by due method. John Locke only says that it is like a mirror in that it cannot refuse, alter, and...
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The Major Works

Francis Bacon - Literary Collections - 2002 - 868 pages
...in our first book. ELENCHI MAGNI, sIVE DE IDOLIs ANIMt HUMANI NATIVIs ET ADVENTiTiis.0 And lastly, let us consider the false appearances that are imposed upon us by words,0 which are framed and applied according to the conceit and capacities of the vulgar sort:0 and...
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Experimenting in Tongues: Studies in Science and Language

Matthias D÷rries - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2002 - 228 pages
...Bacon admired the precision of its language. In the Advancement of Learning he stated, "And lastly, let us consider the false appearances that are imposed upon us by words ... so as it is almost necessary in all controversies and disputations to imitate the wisdom...
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Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth

Laura Dassow Walls, John H Bennett Jr Chair of Southern Letters Laura Dassow Walls, Laura Dassow - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 302 pages
...hardly "a clear and equal glass" reflecting reality accurately: "nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced." The rigor of Bacon's self-dis•49 ciplinary program was designed precisely to "deliver" the mind from...
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Poetry, Symbol, and Allegory: Interpreting Metaphorical Language from Plato ...

Simon Brittan - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 242 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. . . . Hence it cometh, that the mathematicians cannot satisfy themselves, except they reduce the motions...
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Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

Michael Shermer - Science - 2005 - 348 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." In the end, thought Bacon, science offers the best hope to deliver the mind from such superstition...
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The Squashed Philosophers

Glyn Lloyd-Hughes - Philosophy - 2005 - 412 pages
...natures of Proofs and Demonstrations; which as to Induction hath a coincidence with Invention. Here let us consider the false appearances that are imposed upon us by words, which are framed and applied according to the conceit and capacities of the vulgar sort: and...
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The Creationist Debate: The Encounter Between the Bible and the Historical Mind

Arthur McCalla - Religion - 2006 - 254 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.24 For Bacon the proper approach to knowledge of nature begins, after humble acknowledgement...
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