Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584

Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584 Western discovery will allow the spread of English Protestantism The Spanish have been harassing our sailor & forcing them to renounce Protestantism in favor of Catholicism Exploration & colonization will give us access to all commodities of Europe, Africa & Asia to make us richer This will… Read more Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584

“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)

“The American Crisis 13” by Thomas Paine (April 1783)

“The American Crisis 13” by Thomas Paine (April 1783) “The times that tried men’s souls, are over and the greatest and completest revolution the world ever knew, gloriously and happily accomplished.” It’s very strange to go from the danger & tumult of war to the safety & tranquility of peace Let’s reflect on the transition… Read more “The American Crisis 13” by Thomas Paine (April 1783)