Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 19, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
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This ambitious and important book provides the first truly general account of Francis Bacon as a philosopher. It explores in detail how and why Bacon attempted to transform the largely esoteric discipline of natural philosophy into a public practice through a program in which practical science provided a model that inspired many from the 17th to the 20th centuries. This book will be recognized as a major contribution to Baconian scholarship of special interest to historians of early modern philosophy, science, and ideas.
 

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Contents

Prologue
3
Humanist models for scientia
37
The legitimation of natural philosophy
68
The shaping of the natural philosopher
101
Method as a way of pursuing natural philosophy
132
Dominion over nature
166
Conclusion
221
Bibliography
227
Index
243
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