The Instauratio Magna: Last Writings

The Instauratio Magna: Last Writings

by Francis Bacon
     
 

This volume belongs to the first new critical edition of the works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626) to have been produced since the nineteenth century. The edition presents the works in broadly chronological order and according to the best principles of modern textual scholarship. The seven works in the present volume belong to the final completed stages (Parts III-V)

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This volume belongs to the first new critical edition of the works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626) to have been produced since the nineteenth century. The edition presents the works in broadly chronological order and according to the best principles of modern textual scholarship. The seven works in the present volume belong to the final completed stages (Parts III-V) of Bacon's hugely ambitious six-part sequence of philosophical works, collectively entitled Instauratio magna (1620-6). All are presented in the original Latin with new facing-page translations. Three of the seven texts (substantial works in two cases, and all sharing a startlingly improbable textual history) are published and translated here for the first time: these are an early version of the Historia densi, the 'lost' Abecedarium, and the Historia de animato & inanimato. Another—the Prodromi sive anticipationes philosphiae secundae—has likewise never been translated before. Together with their commentaries and the introduction they open the way to important new understandings of Bacon's mature philosophical thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184706
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Oxford Francis Bacon Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Tables
References, Abbreviations, Sigla, and Symbols
Introduction
This Edition: Principles, Conventions, and a Note on the Translations
TEXTS:
Historia densi & rari
Historia densi & rari (Rawley's version)
Abecedarium nouum naturae
Historia & inquisitio de animato & inanimato
Inquisitio de magnete
Topica inquisitionis de luce et lumine
Prodromi sive anticipationes philosophiae secundae
COMMENTARIES
APPENDICES:
I. The Opuscula varia posthuma and Scripta: Bibliographical Description and Technical Notes
II. Signature and Folio References in this Edition with Corresponding Page Numbers in SEH
Select Bibliography
General Index

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