Selected Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon / Edition 1

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Overview

The most comprehensive collection available in paperback of Bacon’s philosophical and scientific writings, this volume offers Bacon's major works in their entirety, or in substantive selections, revised from the classic 19th century editions of Spedding, Ellis, and Heath. Selections from some of Bacon's natural histories round out this edition by showing the types of compilations that he believed would most contribute to the third part of his Great Instauration.

Each work has a separate brief introduction indicating the major themes developed. In her general Introduction, Sargent gives a biographical sketch of Bacon's early life, education, and legal career, discusses the major components of his philosophical project, and traces his influence on subsequent natural philosophy. In addition, she looks at the primarily negative evaluations of Bacon's methodological writings by philosophers of science in the first half of the twentieth century, the reassessments of his works that took place as the influence of logical empiricism declined, and the current revival of interest in Bacon that coincides with the focus on experimental practice today.

A bibliography and index complete the text.

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Editorial Reviews

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It is a great service to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level to have such a fine collection of Bacon's texts available with an introduction by Rose-Mary Sargent. This is the kind of essential Bacon we need for teaching purposes. I was particularly pleased to see the Natural Histories and New Atlantis included. --Phillip R. Sloan, University of Notre Dame

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Sargent (philosophy, Merrimack College) provides a lengthy introduction to Bacon's career, his philosophical works (and their historical significance), and his methodology, as well as brief introductions to each of the major works included in this volume. Selected writings include parts of , , , , , , and . Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204706
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Philiosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 774,871

Meet the Author

Rose-Mary Sargent is Professor of Philosophy, Merrimack College.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction

I. Advancement of Learning 

       bk. I

       bk. 2

       Dedication

       Summary of bks. 2-9 from De Augmentis

II. The Great Instauration

       Dedication

       Preface

       Plan of the Work

       New Organon, bk. 1

       extensive selections from bk. 2

       Parasceve

III. Natural Histories, selections from Sylva Sylvarum

       Natural and Experimental History

       Preface and Rule

       History of Dense and Rare

       Physiological and Medical Remains IV

New Atlantis Select Bibliography

Index

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