Reading here reminded me of how intrigued I was with Sir Fracis Bacon’s works when we studied them in grad school. While reading there, I came across this overview:
Book II of the Advancement of Learning and Books II to IX of the De Augments Scientarium contain an unprecedentedly thorough and detailed systematization of the whole range of human knowledge. Bacon begins with a distinction of three faculties—memory, imagination, and reason—to which are respectively assigned history, “poesy,” and philosophy.
Would anyone be interested in taking 4 Sunday afternoons, during Lent, to read and discuss Sir Francis Bacon’s doctrine regarding “Idols of the Mind” and some of his thoughts on rhetoric, reasoning, judgment, and learning? Focusing, as the above suggests, on Book II, §81ff of Advancement of Learning, Novum Organum Book I, §50ff, and a couple essays I’ve written?
See the works of Bacon here [Bartleby.com]
and my RhetoricRing.com page on Rhetorical Reasoning [here]
Let me know if you’re interested.