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Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy

Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy by Stephen Gaukroger
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This ambitious and important book, first published in 2001, provides a truly general account of Francis Bacon as a philosopher. It describes how Bacon transformed the values that had underpinned philosophical culture since antiquity by rejecting the traditional idea of a philosopher as someone engaged in contemplation of the cosmos. The book explores in detail how and why Bacon attempted to transform the largely esoteric discipline of natural philosophy into a public practice through a program in which practical science provided a model that inspired many from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Stephen Gaukroger shows that this reform of natural philosophy was dependent on the creation of a new philosophical persona: a natural philosopher shaped through submission to the dictates of Baconian method. This book will be recognized as a major contribution to Baconian scholarship, of special interest to historians of early-modern philosophy, science, and ideas.
Cambridge University Press; March 2001
263 pages; ISBN 9780511032349
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Title: Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy
Author: Stephen Gaukroger
 
ISBNs
051103234X
9780511032349
9780521801546