Francis Bacon and Ingenuity*

  title={Francis Bacon and Ingenuity*},
  author={Rhodri Lewis},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={113 - 163}
  • Rhodri Lewis
  • Published 17 March 2014
  • Philosophy
  • Renaissance Quarterly
Abstract This essay discusses the Latin term ingenium within the writings of Francis Bacon (1561–1626). It proposes that although ingenium does not easily translate into English, Bacon uses the term in a clearly defined range of senses. For the most part, he echoes the discourse of ingenuity and inventiveness common to many sixteenth-century humanists, but differs from them in sharply delimiting the scope and status of ingenious thinking. In particular, he excludes ingenuity from the logical… Expand
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