Francis Bacon, The State And The Reform Of Natural Philosophy Julian Martin

ISBN: 9780521382496

Published: January 31st 1992

Hardcover

236 pages


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Francis Bacon, The State And The Reform Of Natural Philosophy  by  Julian Martin

Francis Bacon, The State And The Reform Of Natural Philosophy by Julian Martin
January 31st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 236 pages | ISBN: 9780521382496 | 10.33 Mb

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 Martins investigative study looks at Bacons family context, his employment in Queen Elizabeths 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. Bacons axiom that Knowledge is Power takes on far-reaching implications in Martins 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.



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