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WORKS PUBLISHED OR DESIGNED FOR PUBLICATION, AS
OF THE DIGNITY AND ADVANCEMENT OF
WORKS CONNECTED WITH THE INSTAURATIO MAGNA, BUT
WORKS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR PARTS OF THE INSTAU-
DE AUGMENTIS SCIENTIARUM.
The Division of Moral Knowledge into the Exemplar or Platform of Good, and the Georgics or Culture of the Mind. The Division of the Platform of Good, into Simple and Comparative Good. The Division of Simple Good into Individual Good, and Good of Communion.
WE come now, most excellent king, to moral knowledge, which respects and considers the will of man. The will is governed by right reason, seduced by apparent good, having for its spurs the passions, for its ministers the organs and voluntary motions; wherefore Solomon says, "Above all things keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." In the handling of this science, the writers seem to me to have done as if a man who, professing to teach the art of writing, had exhibited only fair copies of letters, single and joined, without giving any direction for the carriage of the pen and framing of the characters. So have these writers set forth good and fair copies, and accurate draughts and portraitures of good, virtue, duty, and felicity, as the true objects for the will and desires of man to aim at. But though the marks themselves be excellent and well placed, how a man may best take his aim at them; that is, by what method and course of education the mind may be trained and put in order for the attainment
1 Prov. iv. 23.