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Francis Bacon's New Atlantis

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ISBN: 9781526137388 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
Added to DOAB on : 2011-11-04 00:00:00
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The New Atlantis has fired the imaginations of its readers since its original appearance in 1627. Often regarded as the apotheosis of Bacon's ideas through its depiction of an advanced 'scientific' society, it is also read as a seminal work of science fiction. Standing at the threshold of early modern culture, this key text incorporates the practical and visionary, utility and utopia. This volume of eight new essays by leading scholars provides a stimulating dialogue between a range of critical perspectives. Encompassing the fields of cultural history, history of science, literature and politics, the collection explores The New Atlantis' complex location within Bacon's oeuvre and its negotiations with cultural debates of the past and present. Contributors consider the book's use of rhetoric, its narrative contexts, its political and ethical implications, its relation to the natural knowledge of the period, and the function of miracles in New Atlantan society. The politics of colonialism and Jewish toleration, its complex representation of gender, and the role and politics of censorship are also explored. This volume will be the ideal companion to Bacon's The New Atlantis and for all students of literature, politics, history, cultural history and history of science.

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Bacon et Descartes : Genèse de la modernité philosophique

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ISBN: 9782847885255 DOI: 10.4000/books.enseditions.2571 Language: French
Publisher: ENS Éditions
Subject: Philosophy
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License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Comment la modernité philosophique, articulation d’une catégorie historique désignant les XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles et d’une démarche de rupture philosophique et scientifique avec les acquis aristotéliciens, peut-elle être incarnée exemplairement par des philosophes aussi différents que Bacon et Descartes ? Elle est souvent reconstituée de manière fictionnelle dans les termes d’un programme de recherche d’une emprise de l’homme sur la nature par la technique, élaboré par chacun de ces auteurs. Le caractère bien plus complexe de sa genèse réelle est rendu ici intelligible par une démarche dialectique, qui permet de reconstituer le tissu intellectuel liant ces deux penseurs et d’examiner en quoi se conviennent et s’opposent leurs conceptualités respectives. Les contributions présentées dans le volume montrent ainsi que l’histoire de la philosophie moderne est structurée par deux orientations de pensée articulées et s’influençant l’une l’autre, le rationalisme et l’empirisme.

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