Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution. The historian William Dixon wrote “Bacon's influence in modern world is so great that every man who rides in a train, sends a telegram, follows a steam plough, sits in an easy chair, crosses the channel or the Atlantic, eats a good dinner, enjoys a beautiful garden, or undergoes a painless surgical operation, owes him something.”
The book “Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral”, published in 1625, provides an observation of human life and powerfully expressed moral judgments. Bacon sought to systematize his observations on such diverse topics as beauty, deformity, fortune, adversity, ambition, friendship focusing on the ethical, political and historical influences on human behavior. The book will definitely appeal to those who are curious about the underpinnings of today's naturalistic thinking!