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Order of man, order of nature: Francis Bacon’s idea of a ‘dominion’ over nature

Montuschi, Eleonora (2010) Order of man, order of nature: Francis Bacon’s idea of a ‘dominion’ over nature. Order: God's, Man's and Nature's: Discussion Paper. Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The image of man’s dominion over nature is deeply rooted in Western thought. It first appears, in different forms, in the Book of Genesis. It also reappears as one of the leading images of the emerging ‘new science’ in the 16th century. Francis Bacon puts particular emphasis on this image, which he takes to be the guiding principle of his new vision of science and practical knowledge. It is this vision which, as is widely acknowledged, will open the path to modern science. In what follows I will first sketch some relevant background for the emergence of this image. I will then analyse how the image takes shape in the context of Bacon’s philosophical project, paying attention to the novelties of his project but also to its continuities with tradition (especially Christian thought). It is indeed this mixture of past and future which suggests how natural order and human rule come to speak as one voice in the vision of the new science.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/CPNSS/research/concludedResea...
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 10:22
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 23:24
Projects: CPNSS Order Project
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60107

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