Francis Bacon: History, Politics and Science, 1561-1626

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Cambridge University Press, 1993 - History - 409 pages
Brian Wormald provides a fundamental reappraisal of one of the most complex and innovative figures of the late-Elizabethan and Jacobean age. In the centuries since his death, Francis Bacon (1561-1626) has been perceived and studied as a promoter and prophet of the philosophy of science--natural science--but he saw himself also as a clarifier and promoter of what he called "policy" or the study and improvement of the structure and function of civil states. Mr. Wormald shows that Bacon was concerned equally with the knowledge of the world of nature and with that of policy. The junction between the two enterprises was effected by his work in history; and in the end it was Bacon's conception and practice of history that provided the answer to his efforts to advance policy and natural philosophy.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1
Two programmes Know thyself and know the universe of nature
26
Knowledges are as pyramids whereof history is the basis history civil this latter extended to describe and to include the Common Law of England
46
Logic idols of the mind rhetoric
77
Policy a great part of philosophy Bacons engagements in policy
91
Morality and policy I
109
Morality and policy II
145
Civil history of letters civil history mixed
214
Civil history of the reign of King Henry the 7th
241
Aims and claims but no metaphysics of nature
261
No metaphysics of nature civil history supplies Bacons masculine birth of time
284
Bacon and his markers I
313
Bacon and his markers II
338
Notes
370
Index
399

Morality and policy III
168
Morality and policy IV
190

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