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1st Edition

Francis Bacon: From Magic to Science

ISBN 9780415474955
Published October 1, 2008 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1968. This volume discusses Francis Bacon’s thought and work in the context of the European cultural environment that influenced Bacon’s philosophy and was in turn influenced by it. It examines the influence of magical and alchemical traditions on Bacon and his opposition to these traditions, as well as illustrating the naturalist, materialist and ethico-political patterns in Bacon’s allegorical interpretations of fables.

Table of Contents

  1. The Mechanical Arts, Magic and Science. 2. The Refutation of Philosophies. 3 The Classical Fable. 4 Logic, Rhetoric and Method. 5 Language and Communication. 6 Rhetorical Tradition and the Method of Science. Notes. Index


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