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Bacon on three recurrent forms of sophistry

Why study sophistry and its forms?

Philosopher Francis Bacon is best known, understandably, for his eloquent advocacy for the renewal of knowledge, especially in “natural philosophy”. The full sweep of his assessment of present forms of knowledge, quite literally in all the fields extant at his time, is less well known.

In the field of practical philosophy, Bacon suggests the need to add an entire branch of “civil…

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