New Atlantis ; and, the Great Instauration Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter 1, The Great Instauration

• Bacon states that writing this work is important.

• The human mind misuses its reason.

• True understanding is precious.

• Reason can construct science, art, and human knowledge.

• Reason is the proper foundation for philosophy.

• It is better to try and fail than to make professions that are untrue.

• Scientific thinking is difficult but valuable.

• Other forms of thinking are easier but dangerous.

• Bacon dedicates his work to King James I.

• Bacon asks King James I to become a supporter of scientific theory.

• Science descended from the Greeks.

• Dictators used arbitrary rules and did not investigate science.

• Those that liberated themselves were not radical enough.

• The only way out of stagnation is a plan of inquiry.

• Men must look to practice and argumentation.

• Bacon made his statements public so that they could be challenged and improved upon.

• Seeking truth for itself and the benefit of man...

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