When the New Organon appeared in 1620, part of a six-part programme of scientific inquiry entitled 'The Great Renewal of Learning', Francis Bacon was at the high point of his political career, and his ambitious work was groundbreaking in its attempt to give formal philosophical shape to a new and rapidly emerging experimentally-based science. Bacon combines theoretical scientific epistemology with examples from applied science, examining phenomena as various as magnetism, gravity, and the ebb and flow of the tides, and anticipating (...) later experimental work by Robert Boyle and others. His work challenges the entire edifice of the philosophy and learning of his time, and has left its mark on all subsequent philosophical discussions of scientific method. This volume presents a new translation of the text into modern English by Michael Silverthorne, and an introduction by Lisa Jardine that sets the work in the context of Bacon's scientific and philosophical activities. (shrink)
Francis Bacon, lawyer, statesman, and philosopher, remains one of the most effectual thinkers in European intellectual history. We can trace his influence from Kant in the 1700s to Darwin a century later. The Advancement of Learning , first published in 1605, contains an unprecedented and thorough systematization of the whole range of human knowledge. Bacon’s argument that the sciences should move away from divine philosophy and embrace empirical observation would forever change the way philosophers and natural scientists interpret their world.
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. (shrink)
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a genuine midwife of modernity. He was one of the first thinkers to visualise a future which would be guided by a cooperative science-based vision of bettering human welfare. In this the first critical edition of his greatest philosophical work since the nineteenth-century, we find facing-page Latin translations and a thorough and detailed Introduction to the text.
Pan, ou la Nature; Persée, ou la Guerre; Orphée, ou la Philosophie; Sphinx, ou la Science; les Sirènes, ou le Plaisir… Dans cet ouvrage singulier, publié en 1609, le promoteur de la “grande restauration” des savoirs se livre à l’interprétation des mythes de la tradition gréco-latine. Mais en restituant la “sagesse des anciens”, Bacon expose d’abord, avec une grande vigueur et rigueur, sous une forme particulièrement attractive, sa propre pensée, envisagée dans ses multiples orientations : philosophie de la nature, conception (...) de la science, morale, politique…Cette nouvelle traduction du texte latin est précédée d’une étude introductive consacrée aux fonctions et enjeux de l’audacieuse et complexe entreprise mythographique. (shrink)
Das "Novum Organum" , das zentrale Hauptwerk der berühmten "Instauratio Magna" Francis Bacons , markiert den radikalen Bruch der neuzeitlichen Wissenschaft mit den antiken und mittelalterlichen Traditionen des Denkens. Methodische 'Forschung' sowie 'Fortschritt' und soziale 'Wohlfahrt' als Erkenntniszweck – das sind die Grundthemen, denen Bacon erstmals Bestimmtheit gab.