Mastering the Appetites of Matter: Francis Bacon’s "Sylva Sylvarum"

  title={Mastering the Appetites of Matter: Francis Bacon’s "Sylva Sylvarum"},
  author={Guido Giglioni},
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 Bacon expounded, at his clearest and best, in vernacular and not in Latin, his views on the material appetites of nature, and did so not by writing in the abstract, but by describing and performing experiments aimed at disclosing the appetitive nature of matter. However, such an original model of experimental… Expand
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  • J. Begley
  • Philosophy
  • International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
  • 2021
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