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Sir Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)
|Nationality: British||Periods: British: 1500-1700|
English philosopher and essayist, writer of The New Atlantis, solicitor general and attorney general for James I, Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans
Our pages on these individual works by Sir Francis Bacon
- Are there Ciphers in Shakespeare?
- “This is an introduction to an ingenious and creative cipher system to be found in the works of William Shakespeare.” This work questions whether or not Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him. It particularly examines the works for possible ciphers (codes) used to hint at Francis Bacon as the actual author.
- Contains: Commentary, Criticism
- Author: Penn Leary
- Bacon, Brought Home
- “The philosopher Francis Bacon argued that humans had psychological barriers to understanding the natural world.”
- Contains: Criticism
- Author: Stephen Jay Gould
- From: Natural History June, 1999
- Francis Bacon and the Rhetoric of Nature
- “Francis Bacon and the Rhetoric of Nature offers a synthesis of Bacon’s views about language and nature. John Briggs clarifies the close relation between Baconï¿½s famous reform of scientific method and his less well-known conceptions of rhetoric, nature, and religion. He examines traditional views of nature and persuasion that were influential in the intellectual and practical life of early-seventeenth-century England, and shows how Bacon replaces the ï¿½old natureï¿½ ï¿½ with is gradual unfolding of organic potential ï¿½ with a ï¿½new natureï¿½ of violence, secrecy, and instantaneous revelation rewarding the self-abnegating, assiduous sons of science. Briggs explores Baconï¿½s paradoxes and puzzles in the context of the older Aristotelian and cosmological perspective, paying particular attention to the views of persuasion. He points out a remarkable and complex consistency in Baconï¿½s use of Solomon, Moses, Paul, and the Greeks, and reveals the depth of Baconï¿½s conviction that nature is Godï¿½s code, which scientists decipher and exploit. He uncovers, throughout in Baconï¿½s work, a darker, more Machiavellian and ingenious Bacon than the twentieth-century admirers of his rationalist faĉade have identified.”
- Contains: Criticism
- Author: Briggs, John C.
- From: iUniverse Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989
- Francis Bacon
- “Francis Bacon was the son of Nicolas Bacon, the Lord Keeper of the Seal of Elisabeth I. He entered Trinity College Cambridge at age 12. Bacon later described his tutors as “Men of sharp wits, shut up in their cells of a few authors, chiefly Aristotle, their Dictator.” This is likely the beginning of Bacon’s rejection of Aristotelianism and Scholasticism and the new Renaissance Humanism.”
- Contains: Full Bio, Timeline
- Keywords: life, history, biography, chronology
- An Authorship Analysis: Francis Bacon as Shake-speare
- Extensive site addresses the question of whether Bacon was the actual author of many or all of Shakespeare’s works.
- Contains: Commentary, Extensive Bio, Pictures
- Author: Dupuy, Paul
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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013