Francis Bacon, natural philosophy and the cultivation of the mind

Harrison, Peter (2012) Francis Bacon, natural philosophy and the cultivation of the mind. Perspectives on Science, 20 2: 139-158. doi:10.1162/POSC_a_00060

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Author Harrison, Peter
Title Francis Bacon, natural philosophy and the cultivation of the mind
Journal name Perspectives on Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-6145
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1162/POSC_a_00060
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 158
Total pages 20
Editor Sorana Corneanu
Guido Giglioni
Dana Jalobeanu
Place of publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher MIT Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper suggests that Bacon offers an Augustinian (rather than a purely Stoic) model of the “culture of the mind.” He applies this conception to natural philosophy in an original way, and his novel application is informed by two related theological concerns. First, the Fall narrative provides a connection between the cultivation of the mind and the cultivation of the earth, both of which are seen as restorative of an original condition. Second, the fruit of the cultivation of the mind is the virtue of charity, which is understood not only as curing the mind of the individual, but as contributing to human welfare and ameliorating some of the material losses that resulted from the Fall.
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Additional Notes Special Issue on Francis Bacon and the Medicine of the Mind: Late Renaissance Contexts

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Fri, 22 Jun 2012, 16:48:38 EST by Peter Harrison on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses