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Francis Bacon and the Project of Progress - Robert K. Faulkner

Francis Bacon and the Project of Progress

Paperback Published: October 1993
ISBN: 9780847678587
Number Of Pages: 320

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The book is clearly written and makes available a wide range of issues concerning the style of Bacon's writings and his politics. Highly recommended to both general and academic libraries at all levels.-CHOICE

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In an age when intellectuals under the banners of deconstructionism, radical environmentalism, and postmodernism are attacking the Enlightenment faith in scientific, technological, and moral progress, thoughtful individuals should return to the philosophical roots of modernity. This important task is one that Robert Faulkner sets for himself in this critical and excellent assessment of the life and writings of Francis Bacon. In successfully demonstrating the unity and comprehensiveness of Bacon's thought, Faulkner re-establishes Bacon's originality and significance as the author of the 'modern project': the conquest and harnessing of the universe for human betterment, the amassing of power, and self-aggrandizement. Readers will find it rewarding to take the time necessary to savor Faulkner's superbly crafted prose and modestly stated important ideas.--Robert Gilpin, Princeton University

The Politics of Enlightenment
A Plan and Its Interpretersp. 3
The Art of Enlightenmentp. 27
Improvements on Machiavelli: Empire Humane, Civil, and Visionaryp. 59
Self, Society, and Domination: Reconsidering Baconian Individualism
The Self-Made Manp. 87
The Ancients Corrected: Wisdom as Policy, Friendship as Leadershipp. 111
The Emperor over Timep. 127
The State of Progress
Bacon and the Modern Statep. 145
Henry VII, the State-Builderp. 161
The Great Powerp. 183
The Politics of Hopep. 201
Visions and Powers: The Comprehensive Politics of Progressp. 229
The Foundation of the Projectp. 261
Appendix 1: Civil Image of Julius Caesarp. 283
Appendix 2: Imago Civilis Julii Caesarisp. 287
Appendix 3: Civil Image of Augustus Caesarp. 291
Appendix 4: Imago Civilis Augusti Caesarisp. 293
Indexp. 295
Index to Discussionsp. 307
About the Authorp. 309
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ISBN: 9780847678587
ISBN-10: 084767858X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: October 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.47