Francis Bacon’s Common Notion

  title={Francis Bacon’s Common Notion},
  author={Henry Smith Turner},
  journal={Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies},
  pages={32 - 7}
  • H. S. Turner
  • Published 25 May 2013
  • Art, Philosophy
  • Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
This essay examines the political imaginary of Bacon’s philosophy of nature as elaborated in the Novum Organum (1620). It concentrates on the formation of notions in Bacon’s method and on the structure of the notion as a political form, as well as on the formation of axioms, form, and laws as important components of the “political biology” that Bacon describes. The essay traces how the idea of the “common” drives Bacon’s account of natural and political bodies; it argues that his notion of the… 
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