Francis Bacon: His Career and His Thought

Francis Bacon: His Career and His Thought

Francis Bacon: His Career and His Thought

Francis Bacon: His Career and His Thought

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This study is an enlargement of a series of lectures delivered at the University of Southern California in the spring of 1957 as part of the Arensberg Lectures sponsored by that institution.

Now printed in book form, on the occasion of the four- hundredth anniversary of Francis Bacon's birth, the study is, in design, an account of that thinker's place within the perspectives of his time. It is hoped that its appearance may mark an advance, however modest, in Baconian exegesis through its attempt to relate certain of Bacon's opinions to traditional and contemporary philosophies; by its emphasis on his originality as a systematic thinker and not merely an exponent of scientific method; by its statement of reasons for his political support of the Royal Prerogative; and by its stress on the place in his thinking of the generic conception of the three kingdoms--of nature, of politics, and of Divine Grace.

This conception, in the writer's opinion, is basic to the pluralistic philosophy which contains within its structure the widely diverse principles of Verulam's thought. Not all, by any means, of his more striking and characteristic undertakings are recorded in the present book--lest, as the saying goes, the reader should fail to see the wood for the trees--but mainly those which have occasioned continuous controversy since that statesman and phi-

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