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Itasan



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:12 am    Post subject: man's estate Reply with quote

http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~lyman/english233/Bacon-Descartes.htm

"And indeed, one of the remarkable things about both Bacon and Descartes is that each clearly conceived of the possibility of humankind's being able (through science) to shape the world on behalf of an improvement of "man's estate" well before the science had progressed so far as to be able to point to any technological discoveries owing to it that made a difference in the quality of life."



I wonder what 'man's estate' means in the above passage.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

man's estate = quality of life, the human condition

("Man" was used to mean "human being").
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, sbourque.
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