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Francis Bacon and the transformation of early-modern philosophy

Author: Stephen Gaukroger
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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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  Read more...
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Gaukroger, Stephen.
Francis Bacon and the transformation of early-modern philosophy.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00063097
(OCoLC)44868987
Named Person: Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans; Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Gaukroger
ISBN: 0511017782 9780511017780 051103234X 9780511032349 9780521801546 0521801540
OCLC Number: 52493262
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 249 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. nature of Bacon's project --
From arcane learning to public knowledge --
via media --
Practical knowledge --
classification of knowledge --
Mathematics and practical learning --
Eclecticism --
2. Humanist models for scientia --
education in rhetoric --
office of the philosopher --
reform of law --
3. legitimation of natural philosophy --
Zealotry and the well-ordered state --
religious vindication of natural philosophy --
political vindication of natural philosophy --
disciplinary vindication of natural philosophy --
utilitarian vindication of natural philosophy --
4. shaping of the natural philosopher --
psychology of knowledge --
poverty of antiquity --
interpretation of the past --
External impediments and the historicisation of knowledge --
'Purging the floor of the mind' --
5. Method as a way of pursuing natural philosophy --
'Great Instauration' --
Atomism: method and natural philosophy --
'A new and certain path' --
method of discovery? --
Prerogative instances --
Productive truth --
institutional setting --
6. Dominion over nature --
Matter theory and natural philosophy --
sources of Bacon's matter theory --
Atomism and motion --
Democritus and Cupid --
theory of the cosmos --
Spiritus and the preservation of life.
Responsibility: Stephen Gaukroger.

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