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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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Book VII.

CHAPTER I.

The Division of Moral Knowledge into the Exemplar or Platform of Good, and the Georgics or Culture of the Mind. The Division of the Platform of Good, into Simple and Com* parative Good. The Division of Simple Good into Individual Good, and Good of Communion.

WE come now, most excellent king, to moral knowledge, which respects and considers the will of man. The will is governed by right reason, seduced by-apparent good, having for its spurs the passions, for its ministers the organs and voluntary motions; wherefore Solomon says, “Above all things keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life”1. In the handling of this science, the writers seem to me to have done as if a man who, professing to teach ...

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