Francis Bacon's Inquiry Touching Human Nature

Francis Bacon's Inquiry Touching Human Nature : Virtue, Philosophy, and the Relief of Man's Estate

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Francis Bacon's "Inquiry Touching Human Nature" is an engagement at a fundamental level with the political and philosophic thought of one of the founders of modernity, Francis Bacon. Bacon had a comprehensive vision of the human situation. And because he saw the costs or dangers of modern life as clearly as he predicted its achievements and boons, Bacon is a thinker who addresses directly and deeply our own perplexities.show more

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  • Hardback | 158 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739144812
  • 9780739144817

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In this bold, beautifully written, and very personal study, Professor Minkov looks beyond the Bacon we all know-the champion of a new science, the inductive method, and the bounties of technology-to reveal a moral thinker of the first rank, whose musings on love, justice, nobility, and death both inform and ultimately eclipse his scientific project. -- Tim Spiekerman, Kenyon College, author of Shakespeare?s Political Realism Professor Minkov gives us a string to lead us through the labyrinth of modern science and into the broader world of thought in which it is found. Students of science would well profit by understanding his thesis and would find their way out of the labyrinth, perhaps to return to it with that understanding in place. -- Bernhardt L. Trout, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Svetozar Minkov shows us that Sir Francis Bacon, long noted for his attack on ancient natural philosophy and proposal of a new experimental and technological science of nature, was just as importantly a moral philosopher striving to understand the human condition. Minkov's book is important: it illuminates Bacon's thought and helps us think about the project of modernity. -- Jerry Weinberger An indispensable clarifying of modern progress. Drawing on an astonishingly wide-ranging selection of texts, Minkov brings out the formidable reflections on wisdom, justice, love, and other moral concerns that underlie Bacon's technological-scientific project. A study itself philosophically illuminating. -- Robert Faulkner, Boston Collegeshow more

About Svetozar Minkov

Svetozar Minkov is assistant professor of philosophy at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has also taught at MIT, Kenyon College, and the University of Chicago. He is the editor of Man and His Enemies: Essays on Carl Schmitt (Bialystok University Press), and Enlightening Revolutions: Essays in Honor of Ralph Lerner (Lexington Books). Together with Gabriel Bartlett, he is the translator of Leo Strauss's Hobbes's Critique of Religion (University of Chicago Press).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction-Bacon's Elusiveness; Argument and Action Chapter 2 Chapter 1-Bacon's Intention: The Motive for Bacon's Project; Bacon and the Philosophic Life: Arguments and Doubts Chapter 3 Chapter 2-Bacon on the Human Good: Passions and Virtues; The Relation between the Common and the Private Good Chapter 4 Chapter 3-Bacon on Courage and Wisdom: Why Turn to Early Bacon and Of Tribute; The Analysis of Fortitude; "Truth" and the Defense of Philosophy in the Advancement of Learning Chapter 5 Chapter 4-Bacon on Justice and Death: The Analysis of Justice; Death, Hope, and Immortality Chapter 6 Chapter 5-Bacon on Love: The Praise of Love in Of Tribute; The Status of Love in the New Atlantis; Dionysius, or Desire; The Morality of Love in the Essays; Cosmological Eros Chapter 7 Chapter 6-Bacon's Wise Ancients and the Future of His Project: Sirens, or Pleasures; Orpheus, or Philosophy; The Sphinx, or Science; The Meaning of Bacon's Project; Conclusion Chapter 8 Bibliographyshow more