Roger Bacon and the Sciences: Commemorative Essays

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This volume deals with the philosophy and thought of Roger Bacon. It is an effort to bring Roger Bacon studies up to date. Attention is given to a wide range of topics: Bacon's life and works, Bacon's contribution to the trivium (language studies) and the quadrivium (scientific-mathematical studies), his notion of a science, his moral philosophy, Bacon's contribution to medicine, alchemy, astrology, Bacon's positions in physics and metaphysics, an up dated bibliography of Bacon studies and a review of the state of Bacon Manuscripts.
The volume situates Roger Bacon in the context of 13th century philosophy and thought, as well as demonstrating his importance for later thinkers.
It is expected that it will be a major new contribution to Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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Jeremiah M.G. Hackett, B.A., M.Phil. (Dublin), M.S.L., Ph.D. (Toronto, 1983) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He has published on Roger Bacon, on 13th century Philosophy and on 14th century German Mysticism. He is editor of Medieval Philosophers (Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Roger Bacon and the Sciences: Introduction 1
1 Roger Bacon: His Life, Career and Works 9
2 Roger Bacon's Attitude Toward the Latin Translations and Translators of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 25
3 Roger Bacon on the Classification of the Sciences 49
4 Roger Bacon and Grammar 67
5 Roger Bacon et la logique 103
6 Roger Bacon on Rhetoric and Poetics 133
7 Roger Bacon's Knowledge of Mathematics 151
8 Roger Bacon on Astronomy-Astrology: The Sources of the Scientia Experimentalis 175
9 Roger Bacon on Geography and Cartography 199
10 Roger Bacon on Music 223
11 Roger Bacon on Light, Vision, and the Universal Emanation of Force 243
12 Roger Bacon on Scientia Experimentalis 277
13 An Overview of Roger Bacon's Alchemy 317
14 Roger Bacon and Medicine: The Paradox of the Forbidden Fruit and the Secrets of Long Life 337
15 Roger Bacon and the Secret of Secrets 365
16 A Roger Bacon Bibliography (1985-1995) 395
17 Epilogue: Roger Bacon's Moral Science 405
Indices 411
List of Authors 441
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