Francis Bacon's Inquiry Touching Human Nature : Virtue, Philosophy, and the Relief of Man's Estate
Francis Bacon's 'Inquiry Touching Human Nature' is a study of Francis Bacon's moral philosophy in its relation to the enlightenment project he helped launch. Since Bacon is one of the founders of technological modernity, the book presents a meditation on the presuppositions and character of modern life. In its distinctiveness, modern life is characterized by a rejection as well as a reinterpretation of the classical and Christian approaches to life and conceptions of virtue. Svetozar Minkov follows closely Bacon's confrontation with the traditional views on courage, moderation, justice, wisdom, love, and ways of dealing with death and general adversity. Bacon had a comprehensive vision of the human situation. He can help us think through the relation between power and wisdom. And because he saw the costs or dangers of modern life as clearly as he predicted, and helped bring about, its advancements and boons, Bacon is a thinker who addresses directly and deeply our own perplexities.
- Electronic book text | 158 pages
- 10 May 2010
- Lexington Books
- MD, United States
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"
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).