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How Bacon Became Baconian
Francis Bacon’s metaphysics of material desires represents a major contribution to early-modern natural philosophy and theories of matter. By material desires, Bacon meant a limited set of primordialExpand
Historia and materia: the philosophical implications of Francis Bacon's natural history.
There are cases in which Bacon seems to stick to a diachronic view of the meaning of fables and histories, such that the transition from myths to history, especially natural history, is described as a collective effort towards reality and enlightenment. Expand
What Ever Happened to Francis Glisson? Albrecht Haller and the Fate of Eighteenth-Century Irritability
The reasons behind the disappearance of Francis Glisson's theory of irritability during the eighteenth century are investigated and Albrecht Haller, a key role in this story, provides a less bewildering theory of irritation for the rising communities of experimental physiology. Expand
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and the Place of Irritability in the History of Life and Death
In the history of philosophy and science, vitalism has a bad reputation, for the very definition of life remains remorselessly murky. And yet life also resists all attempts at reduction carried outExpand
Mastering the Appetites of Matter: Francis Bacon’s "Sylva Sylvarum"
Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum (published posthumously in 1627) occupies a paradoxical place in the history of seventeenth-century medicine and natural philosophy. It is the work where BaconExpand
Fantasy Islands: Utopia, The Tempest, and New Atlantis as Places of Controlled Credulousness
Historians have long acknowledged a number of intriguing family resemblances between Thomas More’s Utopia, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis. Allusions,Expand
Learning to Read Nature: Francis Bacon’s Notion of Experiential Literacy (Experientia Literata)
Francis Bacon’s elusive notion of experience can be better understood when we relate it to his views on matter, motion, appetite and intellect, and bring to the fore its broader philosophicalExpand