The Works of Francis Bacon: Volume 5, Translations of the Philosophical Works 2

The Works of Francis Bacon: Volume 5, Translations of the Philosophical Works 2

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Francis Bacon (1561-1626), the English philosopher, statesman and jurist, is best known for developing the empiricist method which forms the basis of modern science. Bacon's writings concentrated on philosophy and judicial reform. His most significant work is the Instauratio Magna comprising two parts - The Advancement of Learning and the Novum Organum. The first part is noteworthy as the first major philosophical work published in English (1605). James Spedding (1808-81) and his co-editors arranged this fourteen-volume edition, published in London between 1857 and 1874, not in chronological order but by subject matter, so that different volumes would appeal to different audiences. The material is divided into three parts: philosophy and general literature; legal works; and letters, speeches and tracts relating to politics. Volume 5, published in 1858, contains the English translations of the remainder of the Instauratio Magna and his other philosophical more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Preface; Translations of the Philosophical Works. Part I continued: Works Published or Designed for Publication, as Parts of the Instauratio Magna; Of the Dignity and Advancement of Learning. Books VII-IX; Natural and Experimental History: History of the Winds; Preface to History of Heavy and Light; Preface to History of Sympathy and Antipathy; Preface to History of Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt; Fragment of Abecedarium Naturae; History of Life and Death; History of Dense and Rare; Inquiry Respecting the Magnet; Topics of Inquiry Respecting Light and Luminous Matter; Part II. Works Connected with the Instauratio Magna, but Not Meant to Be Included in It: Thoughts on the Nature of Things; On the Ebb and Flow of the Sea; On Principles and Origins, According to the Fables of Cupid and Coelum; Part III. Works Originally Designed for Parts of the Instauratio Magna, but Superseded or Abandoned: Description of the Intellectual Globe; Theory of the Heaven; more