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Francis Bacon's New Atlantis in the Foundation of Modern by Kimberly Hurd Hale

By Kimberly Hurd Hale

Francis Bacon, lengthy thought of a minor determine within the founding of contemporary political suggestion, is now famous as one in every of its premiere thinkers. Bacon not just championed a brand new kind and approach to medical inquiry, he additionally constructed a plan for the way glossy society may be re-ordered to house and advertise medical growth. Bacon’s clinical writings can't be totally understood except his political writings, and plenty of of his works mix the 2 issues so subtly that it's tricky to even position them in a definitive type; during this e-book, Kimberly Hurd Hale identifies the thread in Bacon’s physique of labor that hyperlinks smooth technology and liberalism.

Hale offers an in depth research of New Atlantis, studying Bacon’s position within the founding of contemporary political philosophy and the methods he pertains to Plato, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. Hurd argues that Bacon’s demonstration of medical rule within the New Atlantis isn't intended as a blueprint for contemporary society; fairly it indicates us the risks of a systematic society without liberty. through studying what's troubling concerning the New Atlantis, this ebook explains what difficulties result in the emergence of Atlantean societies, i.e. societies which are wealthy, formidable, and doomed. It exhibits that Bacon’s portrait of Bensalem may supply the sunshine essential to advisor these folks dwelling in an international formed by means of smooth technological know-how during the harmful seas.

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