“Of Studies” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Of Studies” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626) Studies are for 3 different purposes Delight – in privateness &retiring Ornament – in discourse Ability – in the judgment & disposition of business Expert men can execute & judge particulars – but generally speaking, the best advice & plans come from learned men Spending too much time with… Read more “Of Studies” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Leviathan Book 1” by Thomas Hobbes (1651) – Chapter 6 – Chapter 11

“Leviathan Book 1” by Thomas Hobbes (1651) – Chapter 6 – Chapter 11 Chapter 6 – Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, Commonly Called the Passions; and the Speeches by Which They Are Expressed 2 types of motion Vital/involuntary – breathing, blood circulation, organs working, metabolic functions, etc. Don’t need imagination or will Animal/voluntary… Read more “Leviathan Book 1” by Thomas Hobbes (1651) – Chapter 6 – Chapter 11

“Leviathan Book 1” by Thomas Hobbes (1651) – Introduction to Chapter 5

“Leviathan Book 1” by Thomas Hobbes (1651) Introduction Nature can create things through man If life is but the moving of limbs, everything that comes as a consequence is artificial life Even further than man’s physical creations is the Leviathan of State – greater than a state of nature It provides an artificial being that… Read more “Leviathan Book 1” by Thomas Hobbes (1651) – Introduction to Chapter 5

“The Art of Life” by Walter Horatio Pater (1839-1894)

“The Art of Life” by Walter Horatio Pater (1839-1894) We tend to think of things & principles as inconstant modes & fashions Let’s examine physical life… Look at the floods of summer rain We don’t see anything but a combination of elements from the periodic table They’re in our bodies as well as outside of… Read more “The Art of Life” by Walter Horatio Pater (1839-1894)

“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius (170-180 AD)

“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius (170-180 AD)   Book I: a list of “Thank yous” or sources of his wisdom: Grandfather (Verus): morals and even temper Biological father (Annius Verus): modesty and manly character Mother: piety and beneficence abstinence from evil deeds and thoughts simplicity of life, to live unlike most “rich” Great-grandfather: not to go… Read more “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius (170-180 AD)

“Dissertation on First Principles of Government” by Thomas Paine (1795)

“Dissertation on First Principles of Government” by Thomas Paine (1795) One subject is near & dear to most people’s hearts, government because no matter if they are poor or rich, their prosperity is tied to it Should know its principles There has been precious little development in improving governments excluding the American Revolution European government… Read more “Dissertation on First Principles of Government” by Thomas Paine (1795)