Francis Bacon and the Art of Direction

in Regimens of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780226116396
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116419 | DOI:
Francis Bacon and the Art of Direction

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This chapter examines the work of Francis Bacon related to the human mind. It discusses the contents of Bacon's early text Letter and Discourse to Sir Henry Savill, Touching Helps for the Intellectual Powers in which he formulated his concern with the education of the mind. This chapter offers a different interpretation of Bacon's conception of reformation and argues that his natural philosophy drew on a more fundamental doctrine which is concerned with the impediments and the regimens of the whole mind, with all its faculties.

Keywords: Francis Bacon; Royal Society virtuosi; human mind; education; reformation; natural philosophy

Chapter.  14441 words. 

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