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Francis Bacon, the State and the Reform of Natural Philosophy

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511876790

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  • Why was it that Francis Bacon, trained for high political office, devoted himself to proposing a celebrated and sweeping reform of the natural sciences? Julian Martin's investigative study looks at Bacon's family context, his employment in Queen Elizabeth's security service and his radical critique of the relationship between the Common Law and the monarchy, to find the key to this important question. Deeply conservative and elitist in his political views, Bacon adapted Tudor strategies of State management and bureaucracy, the social anxieties and prejudices of the late Elizabethan governing elite, and a principal intellectual resource of the English governing classes - the Common Law - into a novel vision and method for the sciences. Bacon's axiom that 'Knowledge is Power' takes on far-reaching implications in Martin's challenging argument that the reform of natural philosophy was a central part of an audacious plan to strengthen the powers of the Crown in the State.

    • Interdisciplinary - history, philosophy, history of science
    • Gives an alternative political context for Bacon's ideas
    • Jacket quote by Sir Geoffrey Elton
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    'This is an excellent piece of work - subtle, original, highly innovatory, and distinctly readable. Its main theses are really facinating and very well maintained, and it seems to me that this book will signal a new start for early modern science and philosophy.' G. R. Elton

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511876790
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    A note on the text
    Introduction
    1. A statesman's responsibility
    2. The young statesman
    3. Business of State
    4. Law
    5. A reformed state
    6. A reformed natural philosophy
    Conclusion
    Appendix: a table of comparisons
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Julian Martin

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