The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Book Club Meeting: Bacon

Thu, March 22, 2012 | WAG 116 (Classics Department Lounge)

3:30 PM

Please join us for the next meeting of the Jefferson Book Club,  a discussion of Bacon’s Great Instauration. In this prolegomenon to the project that advanced the sciences as it led to a leveling of wits, the “first realist in the great sense of the word” (Nietzsche) gives an account of his own doings. He suggests that it was in order to instill desire and hope into men’s minds that he denounced Greek philosophy as barren of works. He intimates that he submitted to the judgment of time and the multitude because the regime of the sciences is and always has been popular. And he confesses that he presented his project in terms of charity because it was from the desire for knowledge that man fell. The work that guided Bacon’s followers to the New Atlantis thus brings us closer to answering the question whether the “reliefe of Mans estate” is indeed the “last or furthest end of knowledge”.

Copies of the text are available to students in the Government Department office located in BAT 2.116.

The discussion will be hosted by postdoctoral fellow Tom van Malssen, and will take place on March 22, at 3:30 P.M. in WAG 116.

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