Summary of Francis Bacon's 'of Studies'

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Francis Bacon in the outset of his essay Of Studies’, tells us about the three important uses of study. Studies offer pleasure in our leisure times; it enables us to have the ability of exposition and speech. It is useful in business as it helps us to be fair in our judgement.Experts utilize knowledge fully to be successful in life. But the difference is that only scholars can frame principles of conduct. With advantages lie certain disadvantages. Spending too much time on reading is nothing but laziness. Another drawback is that people who are too much well-versed may exhibit their learning. This pretention is not good for a learner and this should be avoided. Too much emphasis on book reading may hinder one’s practical application to problems in real life. Even scholars should avoid this habit. Whatever we read is theoretical and its sphere is limited. Practical experience enhances a man’s deep knowledge when he utilizes the same. Cunning people find their cunningness as an effective substitute for book learning. Simple men adore the glory of books .A person who reads little should have to cover up his ignorance. Wise men apply their knowledge derived from book learning in the real life situations. Some men keep on acquiring knowledge but lack the ability to apply it. Here Bacon states some of the rules related to study familiar. Reading should not develop the attitude of grudge towards the author. Genuineness of the material makes it reliable. An open mind should be developed in readers so as to understand the reality. Lovers of books are impartial in their criticism. Reading books is not an easy process. There are many ways by which we can read books. Some books are to be read in parts. Some need complete reading though no close reading. There are some books which are to be’ chewed’ and ‘digested’. Careful reading and scanning of each and every detail are

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