Science, Faith, and Politics: Francis Bacon and the Utopian Roots of the Modern Age

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Jerry Weinberger here seeks to establish Francis Bacon's rightful place among the founders--with Machiavelli and Hobbes--of the modern political tradition, claiming that Bacon's view of the sources of the modern age has great resonance for the problems of our contemporary scientific society.

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Overview

Jerry Weinberger here seeks to establish Francis Bacon's rightful place among the founders--with Machiavelli and Hobbes--of the modern political tradition, claiming that Bacon's view of the sources of the modern age has great resonance for the problems of our contemporary scientific society.

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Francis Bacon has been seen as the father of scientific method, a corrupt judge, a bon vivant with a complex sex life, and even the brains behind Shakespeare. Weinberger's claim is new: he applies Leo Strauss's theory about Plato to Bacon who, he says, tried (like Plato) to conceal from all but insiders, and the very clever, the terrible truth that complete justice for all is not possible. Bacon's utopian New Atlantis hides this truth, but his Advancement of Learning can be made to yield it if one digs behind its surface praise of modern learning. Weinberger may have found the truth, but if Bacon was as devious as he says, how are we to know who is be ing taken in? A book for scholars and all who like verbal detective work. Leslie Armour, Philosophy Dept., Univ. of Ottawa, Ont.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801418174
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1985
  • Series: 8/20/2004
  • Pages: 342

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