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Francis Bacon Pérez Zagorin

Francis Bacon

Pérez Zagorin

Published April 19th 1998
ISBN : 9780691059280
Hardcover
312 pages
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Francis Bacon (1561-1626), commonly regarded as one of the founders of the Scientific Revolution, exerted a powerful influence on the intellectual development of the modern world. He also led a remarkably varied and dramatic life as a philosopher,MoreFrancis Bacon (1561-1626), commonly regarded as one of the founders of the Scientific Revolution, exerted a powerful influence on the intellectual development of the modern world. He also led a remarkably varied and dramatic life as a philosopher, writer, lawyer, courtier, and statesman. Although there has been much recent scholarship on individual aspects of Bacons career, Perez Zagorins is the first work in many years to present a comprehensive account of the entire sweep of his thought and its enduring influence. Zagorin shows that, despite his idealistic philosophy and rare intellectual gifts, Bacons political life was marked by continual careerism in his efforts to achieve advancement. He follows Bacons rise at court and describes his removal from his office as Englands highest judge for taking bribes. Zagorin then examines Bacons philosophy and theory of science in connection with his project for the promotion of scientific progress, which he called The Great Instauration. He shows how Bacons critical empiricism and attempt to develop a new method of discovery made a seminal contribution to the growth of science. He demonstrates Bacons historic importance as a prophetic thinker, who, at the edge of the modern era, predicted that science would be used to prolong life, cure diseases, invent new materials, and create new weapons of destruction. Finally, the book examines Bacons writings on such subjects as morals, politics, language, rhetoric, law, and history. Zagorin shows that Bacon was one of the great legal theorists of his day, an influential philosopher of language, and a penetrating historian.