Restoring the Sacred

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Words of Relevance: Thomas Babington Macaulay

Thomas Babington Macaulay (25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859), one of the greatest essayists of The Victorian Period, in his essay on Lord Bacon, compared the philosophy of Lord Bacon with that of Plato. What Macaulay said in his comparison of the two should strike a chord with anyone living here today.  See if you can discern the relevance.

Here's the quote:
The aim of the Platonic philosophy was to raise us far above vulgar wants.  The aim of the Baconian philosophy was to supply our vulgar wants.  The former aim was laudable; but the latter was attainable. 

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