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Francis Bacon and the Modern Dilemma Loren Eiseley

Francis Bacon and the Modern Dilemma Loren Eiseley

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By anthropologist Loren Eiseley
By anthropologist Loren Eiseley

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BACON
AND
THE
MODERN
DILEMMA
by
LOREN
EISELEY
 
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FRANCIS
BACON
AND
THE
MODERN
DILEMMA
by
LOREN
EISELEY
Francis
Bacon
wasone
of
the
two
colossal
intellectual
figures
which
loom
across
the
century
of
Queen
Elizabeth.
Not
only
does
Bacon
share
with
Shakespeare
pre-eminence
in
the
field
of
Elizabethan
letters,
he
was
also
a
scientific
statesman
and
seer
who
dis-
cerned
more
clearly
than
any
other
of
his
great
contemporaries
the
fact
that
man,
in
the
powers
of
his
intellect,
had
the
possi-
bility
of
bringing
into
existence
"a
second
world."
Because
Bacon
foresaw
the
rise
of
indus-
trial
science,
he
has
sometimes
been
casti-
gated
as
the
prophet
of
the
twentieth
century's
gross
materialism.
His
spectacular
fall
from
royal
grace
under
dubious
circum-
stances
has
becloudedboth
his
name
and
the
principles
for
which
he
stood.
In
these
penetrating
essays
Loren
Eiseley,
noted
an-thropologist
and
historian
of
science,
has
sought
to
ia
justice
to
Bacon's
real
vision
of
;the
future
that
might
be
awaiting
hu-
manity.
"There
is
no
Excellent
Beauty,"
wrote
Bacon
in
his
days
of
insight,
"that
hathnot
some
strangeness
in
the
ProporstiOn."
With
these
words
as
his
touchstone
Dr.
Eiseley
surveys
not
Bacon
alone
for
Bacon
here
starkis
as
a
symbol
but
that
strange
com-
plex
of
multifarious,contradictory,
and
creative
worlds
which
is
man
himself.

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