When appearance is the only reality: Bacon on imposture

Francis Bacon’s “Of Imposters” is one of his brief 1597 Meditationes Sacrae. As I work more and more on Bacon, I am becoming more and more convinced that one more point of his outrageous originality is the detailed and discerning treatments he gives of how people go wrong ethically and intellectually. Bacon is perhaps the most discerning anatomist of the “dark arts” — what used to be called “human evil” — amongst the Western philosophers.

For Bacon, it is not enough to philosophize about the good, or even give advice as to how to…

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Articles on philosophy, psychology & classical thought (notably Stoic), aimed at renewing, spreading, and applying these ideas today.