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The Character of Human Nature According to Francis Bacon and John LockeHuman nature is defined as ones natural instinct or way of life and the primitive state of life There are several stories of how man came into existence but there are fewer stories that describe the way man personality or how man portrayed himself in his primitive state Many philosophers have stated their views of the character of human nature in their published books or journals Such as Greek philosopher and historian Jacob Burckhardt and his dictum that power never improved a man but made him keenly aware that progress is a short-lived ideal based on wishful thinking rather than on actuality have presented his interpretation of the character of human nature In the sixteenth century there were two philosophers by the names of Francis Bacon and John Locke and in each of these mens philosophies one will find Bacons and Lockes interpretation of the character of human nature due to the respect of the state of natureIn Novum Organum Francis Bacon wrote a short statement explaining the general truth about his interpretation of nature and the kingdom of man Bacon started out by stating that man can do and understand only so much and if man tries to exceed this fact then man neither knows anything nor can do anything Bacons reason behind believing that is not stated so his statement is made by his own judgment and not backed any sources The entire Novum Organum is based on Bacons interpretation and it is not proven with any facts or any other philosophers view In paragraph XXXVI of Novum Organum Bacon states we must lead men to the particulars themselves and their series and order while men on their side must force themselves for awhile to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts When Bacon stated this he meant that certain men must train others to relate to themselves
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