The Oxford Francis Bacon XIII: The Instauratio Magna: Last Writings

Hardcover | August 15, 2000

byFrancis Bacon, Graham Rees

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This volume belongs to the first new critical edition of the works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626) to have been produced since the nineteenth century. The edition presents the works in broadly chronological order and according to the best principles of modern textual scholarship. The seven worksin the present volume belong to the final completed stages (Parts III-V) of Bacon's hugely ambitious six-part sequence of philosophical works, collectively entitled Instauratio magna (1620-6). All are presented in the original Latin with new facing-page translations. Three of the seven texts(substantial works in two cases, and all sharing a startlingly improbable textual history) are published and translated here for the first time: these are an early version of the Historia densi, the 'lost' Abecedarium, and the Historia de animato and inanimato. Another - the Prodromi siveanticipationes philosophiae secundae - has likewise never been translated before. Together with their commentaries and the introduction they open the way to important new understandings of Bacon's mature philosophical thought.

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This volume belongs to the first new critical edition of the works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626) to have been produced since the nineteenth century. The edition presents the works in broadly chronological order and according to the best principles of modern textual scholarship. The seven worksin the present volume belong to the final co...

Graham Rees is at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184700

ISBN - 13:9780198184706

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Table of Contents

List of PlatesList of TablesReferences, Abbreviations, Sigla, and SymbolsIntroductionThis Edition: Principles, Conventions, and a Note on the TranslationsTEXTS:Historia densi and rariHistoria densi and rari (Rawley's version)Abecedarium nouum naturaeHistoria and inquisitio de animato and inanimatoInquisitio de magneteTopica inquisitionis de luce et lumineProdromi sive anticipationes philosophiae secundaeCOMMENTARIESAPPENDICES:I. The Opuscula varia posthuma and Scripta: Bibliographical Description and Technical NotesII. Signature and Folio References in this Edition with Corresponding Page Numbers in SEHSelect BibliographyGeneral Index

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`Graham Rees enables us to understand Bacon in an unfamiliar but valuable light: as a speculative theorist about the very principles of matter, especially pneumatic matter.'Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/3