Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Week 4 Reading

Next week James Lancaster will introduce Francis Bacon. We shall be reading the sections dealing with ‘On the Nature of the Good and the Culture of the Mind’ from The Advancement of Learning. James recommends the version in The Major Works, ed. Brian Vickers, Oxford World Classics (Oxford, 2002), pp. 245-65. Note also the recent ‘Oxford Francis Bacon’ critical edition, IV, pp. 135-56. In an older Oxford edition (ed. W. A. Wright, 1868; my reprint is from 1963) this is Book 2, xx.4-xxii.17 (pp. 187-217).

You can also find it online at http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/adlr10h.htm (search for text starting with ‘The doctrine touching the platform or nature of good’, stopping at ‘XXIII. (1) Civil knowledge’).