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What is the summary of 'Of Studies' by Francis Bacon?

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Jessie Thompson on April 14, 2020

Studies to provide to any person with a high degree of pleasure and enjoyment. Studies enhance our capabilities, our skill, competence and even power. We become more educated, we gain wisdom. Do not study to be argumentative but to explain and teach others and to influence to greater advantage and good of their fellow men and women. Simple men become wise through studies, wise men make good use of them Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring, for ornament, is in discourse, and for ability, is in the judge. It is an essay written to inform us of the benefits of studying. He tells us that the natural abilities are like natural plants that need pruning by study. The study is the application of the mind to learning and understanding of a subject, especially through reading, which is perhaps why by 'studying', Sir Francis Bacon mostly refers to reading. He said read is not for discussion ' but to weigh. In his short essay, he strives to persuade you to study, and tells us how to study if we are to make the best of what we read. "Of Studies" by Francis Bacon The purpose of this work is to analyse the sixteenth Century, Francis Bacon in his essay "Of Studies" by summarizing its main points and the importance of its statements to this day. Francis Bacon was an English Philosopher and writer best known as the founder of the modernempirical tradition based on the rational analysis of the data obtained through the observation and experimentation of the physical world. The main focus of Bacon's essay rests on explaining to the reader the importance of the Study of knowledge in terms of its practical application towards the individual and his society. His first analysis is an exposition on the purposes or uses that different individuals can have by approaching Study -"…the delight, ornament, and for ability"- And how certain professions are better served by individuals with study knowledge . As he mentions the virtues of Study he also points out its vices: -"to spend too much time in the studio is sloth…" in Addition, the Study of how it influences our understanding of the Nature, and in opposition, how our experience of the Nature of the limits of our acquired knowledge. After that, the Authorpresents the concept of how different individuals with differentmental skills and interests in life, approach the idea of studying-"Crafty men contemn studies…"- and offers advice on how study should be applied: -"…but to weight and consider"- Then Bacon goes into expressing his ideas in how the means to acquire Study knowledge, books, can be categorized and read according to their content and value to the individual. The benefits of studying are Bacon's final approach. The benefits in terms of the definition of a "Man" for his ability to read, write or confer, and in terms of being the medicine for any "impediment in the wit" and by giving "receipts" to "every defect of the mind". Certainly, some of Francis Bacon's insights in this subject are of value after 400 years of social evolution. We can see this when we read the phrase "they perfect Nature, and are perfected by experience…" However, some of the concepts expressed in his Essay have to be understood through the glass of time. With this I mean the Society, the values and concepts different altogethers to what we know today. By that time, the Society was strongly influenced by the idea of literacy and illiteracy (relatively few were educated and could read and write). Only educated people had access to knowledge and by that, to social status and opportunity. Today it would be difficult to accept ideas that relate to skills or professions towards an attitude of approach to Study. Today, a skilled mechanic or carpenter can certainly be a studied person. Today most of the people in our Society have the possibility of reading and by that, to get knowledgeindependently of what our personal options, in terms of profession. Also we must consider how today we value thespecialization of knowledge than in the past, which is characterized by the more generic and limited access to knowledge, was not an important factor in the conceptualization and understanding of study knowledge as to the extent that what we see today. Finally, it is doubtful that the benefits of study can be approached as a recipe for any "intellectual illness". We now know that the real illnesses are related to mental conditions and notnecessarily to our mental skills, abilities or the lack of them and by that Imean that Bacon's solutions to those conditions are substantially naÃve under the real understanding of Human psychology. Concepts and ideas evolve at the same time that the Humancondition changes in all aspects of social, scientific, political, and economic. Looking through the glass of time and compare the past with the present, we come to the realization of the universality and the resistance of some of the concepts and of the fragility and impermanence of some others. Bacon explains how and why study.k.a. the knowledge is important. Put the valluue of knowledge in practice. Bacon considers to what studies could be put. He is so interested in their theoretical promise than in their practical utility. His writing is direct and precise. It avoids the meandering find your way free form of other essays. Francisco reaches the point in its opening sentence, "Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability." He then elaborates on how studies are useful in these three ways. And he wastes no words in detailing the uses of the "studies" of the Renaissance gentlemen. One of the attractions of Bacon's essay is his skillful use of parallel sentence structure, as exemplified in the opening sentence and throughout "Of Studies." This stylistic technique lends clarity and order of the scripture, as in "crafty men condemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them," which in its straightforward assertiveness exhibits confidence and elegance, and the clarity and emphasis. Pasttimes in Privateness and Retirement, Ornaments for discourse, and for the ability of judgment.


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