Francis Bacon; Bacon's Philosophy Volume 2

Francis Bacon; Bacon's Philosophy Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... distribution of particular arts and sciences, men have abandoned universality, which cannot but stop all progression. For no perfect discovery can be made upon a flat or level; neither is' it possible to discover the more remote and deeper parts of a science, if you stand but upon it, and ascend not to a higher." II. Coming to the substance of his work, Bacon treats of Human Learning as resting on the division of the Faculties, and in the second Book discusses those based on Memory and Imagination--i.e., History and Poetry. The former is subdivided into Natural and Civil, and under the first we have to note his view of the three phases of Nature: --(1.) Free in its ordinary working--i.e., in her regular processes or generations; and here Bacon hints at the future development of Astronomy, Geology, Geodosy, and Zoology. (2.) Free in errors, leading to the consideration of mar p.--XIV. I Nature Free and Bound. 131 human life through atmospheric changes: there is no "evil eye," but influences beyond the ken of our philosophy "roll from soul to soul"; necromancy is an imagination or a trick; but there is a "natural magic" which, by the new use of natural means, can produce marvellous effects. On the whole, in common with many of his most distinguished predecessors and compeers--as Eoger Bacon, Cardan, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler--he leant, in these matters, to the side of credulity; and if he may be excused for his lingering belief in Astrology, which did nothing to promote the true science of the stars, he may be almost justified in his half faith in Alchemy, which was the cradle of Chemistry, in essence less a false than a hasty anticipation. (3.) Bound in Arts. The study of those which are mechanical is the best...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563425
  • 9781236563422