Rethinking Sylva sylvarum: Francis Bacon’s Use of Giambattista Della Porta’s Magia naturalis

  title={Rethinking Sylva sylvarum: Francis Bacon’s Use of Giambattista Della Porta’s Magia naturalis},
  author={Doina‐Cristina Rusu},
  journal={Perspectives on Science},
This article analyzes the relation between Francis Bacon’s Sylva sylvarum one of its most important sources, Giovan Barttista Della Porta’s Magia naturalis. I claim that Bacon used Della Porta’s experimental reports as a basis upon which he built his science of metaphysics and natural magic. Since Della Porta’s interest lies in the immediate transformation of individual bodies, Bacon considers his approach an inferior kind of science, what he called physics mechanics. There are several changes… Expand
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