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Francis Bacon
History, Politics and Science, 1561–1626


  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031455

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  • In the centuries since his death, Francis Bacon has been perceived as a promoter and prophet of 'natural science'. Certainly Bacon expected to fill the vacuum which he saw existing in the study of nature; but he also saw himself as a clarifier and promoter of what he called 'policy', that is, the study and improvement of the structure and function of civil states including the then new British state. In this major study, Brian Wormald's first since his work on Clarendon, Bacon is shown resolving this conflict by attending assiduously to both fields, arguing that work on one would help progress in the other. In his teaching, in his practice and in terms of what was actually achieved, the junction between the two enterprises was affected by Bacon's work in history - civil and natural. In this fundamental reappraisal of one of the most complex and innovative figures of the age, Brian Wormald reveals how Bacon's conception and practice of history provided an answer to his strivings in both policy and natural philosophy.

    • Brian Wormald is famous for his study of Clarendon - this is his first major work since that 1951 publication
    • Francis Bacon is a very influential figure - his work laid the foundations for the study of the philosophy of science, politics, and the working of the state
    • The work presented here is interesting and original, with great implications for any future study of Bacon and his work
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031455
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.649kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Two programmes: know thyself and know the universe of nature
    3. Knowledges are as pyramids, whereof history is the basis - history civil - this latter extended to describe and to include the Common Law of England
    4. Logic - idols of the mind - rhetoric
    5. Policy: a great part of philosophy - Bacon's engagements of policy
    6. Morality and policy I
    7. Morality and policy II
    8. Morality and policy III
    9. Morality and policy IV
    10. Civil history of letters - civil history mixed
    11. Civil history of the reign of King Henry the 7th
    12. Aims and claims - but no metaphysics of nature
    13. No metaphysics of nature - civil history supplies Bacon's masculine birth of time
    14. Bacon and his markers I
    15. Bacon and his markers II

  • Author

    Brian Harvey Goodwin Wormald

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