In Political Uses of Utopia, an international cast of leading and emerging theorists agree that the uses of utopia for politics are multiple and nuanced and lie somewhere between—or, better yet, beyond—the mainstream caution against it and the conviction that another, better world ought to be possible. Representing a range of perspectives on the grand tradition of Western utopianism, which extends back half a millennium and perhaps as far as Plato, these essays are united in their interest in the relevance of utopianism to specific historical and contemporary political contexts. Featuring contributions from Miguel Abensour, Étienne Balibar, Raymond Geuss, and Jacques Rancière, among others, Political Uses of Utopia reopens the question of whether and how utopianism can inform political thinking and action today.
Knowing this radically new view of a long-recognized position may be questioned, the author has included a criticism and appreciation of the other major lines of interpretation concerning More’s Utopia.
Each work has a separate brief introduction indicating the major themes developed. In her general Introduction, Sargent gives a biographical sketch of Bacon's early life, education, and legal career, discusses the major components of his philosophical project, and traces his influence on subsequent natural philosophy. In addition, she looks at the primarily negative evaluations of Bacon's methodological writings by philosophers of science in the first half of the twentieth century, the reassessments of his works that took place as the influence of logical empiricism declined, and the current revival of interest in Bacon that coincides with the focus on experimental practice today.
A bibliography and index complete the text.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Bacon’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the major texts
* All the major works, with individual contents tables
* Features rare treatises appearing for the first time in digital publishing
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Bacon’s contribution to philosophy and the ‘Bacon is Shakespeare’ theory
* Features three biographies - discover Bacon’s intriguing life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral
The Colours of Good and Evil
Valerius Terminus of the Interpretation of Nature
The Advancement and Proficience of Learning Divine and Human
In Felicem Memoriam Elizabethae
De Sapientia Veterum
Novum Organum Scientiarum
History of the Reign of King Henry VII
Translation of Certain Psalms into English Verse
Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History
The Union of the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England
Bacon is Shake-Speare by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence
Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Great Unknown by Andrew Lang
Forty Years of Bacon-Shakespeare Folly by John Fiske
The Classification of the Sciences — Francis Bacon by Walter Libby
Bacon by R. W. Church
The Mystery of Francis Bacon by William T. Smedley
Brief Biography: Francis Bacon by Robert Adamson
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