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Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy [Paperback]

Stephen Gaukroger

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19 Mar 2001
This ambitious and important 2001 book 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.


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"...a well-rounded and fairly comprehensive overview of Bacon the philosopher, sufficiently contextualized to make it an excellent, serious introduction to his thought and work." The Philosophical Review

"...will certainly stimulate and enrich discussion..." Renaissance Quarterly

"Engaging and well-documented..." Canadian Journal of Political Science

"All students of Bacon's philosophy of science will want to read Gaukroger's book and will undoubtedly find much in it that is interesting and valuable." Isis

"This is a remarkable book...Gaukroger's book is laced with interesting observations and insights." American Historical Review

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This ambitious and important 2001 book provides a truly general account of Francis Bacon as a philosopher. It will be recognized as a major contribution to Baconian scholarship of special interest to historians of early-modern philosophy, science, and ideas.

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Bacon's project was to harness firmly to the yoke of the state a new attitude to knowledge, and in the course of attempting to do this, he was led to think through and transform this new attitude to knowledge. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cannot read notes in Kindle version 9 July 2011
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This review concerns solely the electronic formatting of this book, not its content (its scholarship or interest).
I am unable to view many of the footnotes. By this I mean that the superscript note number does not function as a link: when I move the cursor over it, there is no way to click on it (except to highlight it, as one can highlight any text whatsoever.) For instance, in Chapter One, notes 3, 5, 11, 17, 24, 25, 41, 47, 48, 50, 51, 53, 54, 58, 67, and 70 are missing. In Chapter Two, notes 13, 14, 17, 25-28, 31, 46, 57-58. 63-65, and 68-70 are missing. And so on, throughout the book. When I scroll through the notes pages (at the very end of the book), many of the missing notes turn up, but out of sequence. Obviously, this is a very inefficient way to check references, etc., and some notes do not appear at all.
I hope Amazon and/or the publisher will remedy the situation.
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