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By Richard Hillyer

The idea that of "care" defines our humanity. masking issues as assorted as familial care, remedy, creative care, clinical care, and numerous different variations of the time period, this booklet examines the notice and suggestion of "care" from a cultural standpoint, tracing its use all through literature and background.

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2 Both Hobbes and Burton probably knew Bacon’s De Sapienta Veterum (1609), which in James Spedding’s translation contrasts “followers of Epimetheus,” or “the improvident,” with “the wise and fore-thoughtful class of men,” explaining, The school of Prometheus . . 3 This version only fails to capture the essence of Bacon’s original Latin insofar as “solicitude” has mostly lost the force of “solicitudine,” which qualifies it as a true partner to its fellow anguishes, “curis . . et timoribus intestinis” (674).

Introducing Part 3 of Leviathan, Hobbes explains, “the foundation of all true Ratiocination, is the constant Signification of words; which in the Doctrine following, dependeth not (as in naturall science) on the Will of the Writer, nor (as in common conversation) on vulgar use, but on the sense they carry in the Scripture” (269). ” According to this act of “true 42 DIVID ED BE T W EEN CA RELESSNESS A ND CA RE Ratiocination,” both “Curiosity to know” and “Naturall Religion” stem “from Care of future time” (74).

23 Here, Christ proves almost the opposite of “over-careless”: “he could have cur’d the Infirmity” by miraculous powers, except that his hands-on approach and regard for “all Particulars” provide an excellent lesson in total “care” that “modern Doctors” should heed. ” (1: 475). Though Burton would have regarded “carefully” and “cares” as words related to “cure,” he betrays no awareness that “cares” of different kinds unite doctor and patient in this type of transaction, rather than reducing them to the same, more or less care-fraught condition.

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