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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... "
Poems: Now First Collected - Page 165
by Chandos Leigh - 1839 - 402 pages
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Passage to Modernity: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture

Louis K. Dupré - Philosophy - 1993 - 318 pages
...reflect the 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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Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy: An Eccentric History of the Composing Imagination

William A. Covino - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1994 - 208 pages
...eccentric pursuit of truth. The autonomous and mistaken thinker is identified with magical beliefs: For the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear...and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced. (Advancement 2.14.9; 132) As DP Walker concludes, "Bacon still believed in the traditional doctrine...
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Rethinking Objectivity

Allan Megill - Philosophy - 1994 - 356 pages
...fundamental threat to objectivity is idiosyncrasy. Both share the Baconian view of subjectivity as an "enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced."56 Both locate the chief obstacle to the acquisition of truth within the individual. Thus...
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Instruments and the Imagination

Thomas L. Hankins, Robert J. Silverman - Mathematics - 1999 - 358 pages
...in dreams. It could also draw comparisons between them. In the Advancement of Learning Bacon wrote, "For the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear...superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced."11 In this analogy Bacon compared the imagination to a favorite instrument of natural magic...
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A Genealogy of Sovereignty

Jens Bartelson - Political Science - 1995 - 338 pages
...reflected'.34 But in order for knowledge to constitute itself as such, the beam must be dusted off: 'The mind of man is far from the nature of a clear...superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced'.35 In order to dust off and disenchant the glass, the referential possibility of language...
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Realismustheorien in England (1692-1919)

Walter F. Greiner, Fritz Kemmler - Criticism - 1997 - 282 pages
...Philosophen Francis Bacon (1561-1626). In der Erläuterung seiner sog. "doctrine of 'Idols'" hält er fest: "For the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear...reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is father like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced."...
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Francis Bacon

Perez Zagorin - Biography & Autobiography - 1998 - 318 pages
...warping and misdirection of the understanding; for rather than reflecting things as they are, the mind is "like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced." He listed three categories of such false appearances. The first, "the root of all superstition," was...
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Sexuality and Form: Caravaggio, Marlowe, and Bacon

Graham L. Hammill - History - 2000 - 248 pages
...concerning knowledge and the senses. In The Advancement of Learning, after considering that the mind isn't "a clear and equal glass, wherein the beams of things...should reflect according to their true incidence" but is instead "like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture," Bacon concludes that...
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Labyrinth: A Search for the Hidden Meaning of Science

Peter Pesic - History - 2001 - 202 pages
...avoid blind presumption? The human mind is not a faithful mirror of the world, as Aristotle taught, but "an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced." Our vision is distorted and corrupt, ruled by idols of common delusion. Science can only advance if...
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Sceptres and Sciences in the Spains: Four Humanists and the New Philosophy ...

Ruth Hill - Philosophy - 2000 - 308 pages
...El sueño, 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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