Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy

Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy

This ambitious and important book provides the first truly general account of Francis Bacon as a philosopher. It explores in detail how and why Bacon attempted to transform the largely esoteric discipline of natural philosophy into a public practice through a program in which practical science provided a model that inspired many from the 17th to the 20th centuries. This book will be recognized as a major contribution to Baconian scholarship of special interest to historians of early modern philosophy, science, and ideas.


"...a well-rounded and fairly comprehensive overview of Bacon the philosopher, sufficiently contextualized to make it an excellent, serious introduction to his thought and work." The Philosophical Review

"...will certainly stimulate and enrich discussion..." Renaissance Quarterly

"Engaging and well-documented..." Canadian Journal of Political Science

"All students of Bacon's philosophy of science will want to read Gaukroger's book and will undoubtedly find much in it that is interesting and valuable." Isis

"This is a remarkable book...Gaukroger's book is laced with interesting observations and insights." American Historical Review

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