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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon

Book Description

First published in 1905, this reissued edition of The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon is an edited collection based upon the definitive seven volume edition of 1857, translated and prefaced by Robert Leslie Ellis and James Spedding.

Of great historical, philosophical and scientific interest, this collection brings together translations of Bacon’s most important works, including the Novum Organum, the De Augmentis Scientarium, the Parasceve, and the De Principiis atque Originibus, as well as works originally written in English, such as the Valerius Terminus and the Filum Labyrinthi. The reissue offers a comprehensive and provocative collection of the key writings of the man we now consider to be the father of Empiricism who popularised inductive methodologies for scientific inquiry. All works include prefaces by Robert Leslie Ellis and James Spedding, and the collection includes an introductory note from the editor John M. Robertson.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. EDITOR'S PREFACE
  6. EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION
  7. CONTENTS
  8. LIFE OF THE HONOURABLE AUTHOR
  9. GENERAL PREFACE TO BACON'S PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS
  10. THE PROFICIENCE AND ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING, DIVINE AND HUMAN—
    1. PREFACE
    2. THE FIRST BOOK. TO the King
    3. THE SECOND BOOK. TO the King
  11. VALERIUS TERMINUS (Fragments)—
    1. PREFACE
    2. NOTE TO PREFACE
    3. Author's Note of Contents
    4. Chapters I–XXVI
  12. FILUM LABYRINTHI SIVE FORMULA INQUISITIONIS (Fragment)—
    1. PREFACE
    2. Part I
    3. PREFACE TO THE NOVUM ORGANUM
    4. NOTES TO PREFACE
  13. THE GREAT INSTAURATION. (Translation)—
    1. Froœmium
    2. Epistle Dedicatory
    3. Author's Preface
    4. The Plan of the Work
    5. Author's Division of Parts
  14. THE SECOND PART OF THE WORK, WHICH IS CALLED THE NEW ORGANON, or TRUE DIRECTIONS CONCERNING THE INTERPRETATION OF NATURE—
    1. AUTHOR'S PREFACE
    2. Aphorisms Concerning the Interpretation of Nature and the Kingdom of Man—
    3. Book I
    4. Book II
  15. PARASCEVE, OR PREPARATIVE TOWARDS A NATURAL AND EXPERIMENTAL HISTORY—
    1. PREFACE
    2. Translation of the Parasceve
    3. Catalogue of Particular Histories by Titles
  16. DE DIGNIT ATE ET AUGMENTIS SCIENTIA RUM. Translation of Books II–IX—
    1. PREFACE
    2. Table of Books and Chapters
    3. BOOK II. To the King
      1. Chap. I
      2. ” II
      3. ” III
      4. ” IV
      5. ” V
      6. ” VI
      7. ” VII
      8. ” VIII
      9. ” IX
      10. ” X
      11. ” XI
      12. ” XII
      13. ” XIII
    4. BOOK III. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
      3. ” IV
      4. ” V
      5. ” VI
    5. BOOK IV. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
    6. BOOK V. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
      3. ” IV
      4. ” V
    7. BOOK VI. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
      3. ” IV
    8. BOOK VII. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
    9. BOOK VIII. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
    10. BOOK IX. Chap. I
      1. APPENDIX. NOTES
  17. ON PRINCIPLES AND ORIGINS, according to the Fables of Cupid and Cœlum, etc. (Translation of De Principiis atque Originibus, etc.)—
    1. PREFACE
    2. Translation
  18. A DESCRIPTION OF THE INTELLECTUAL GLOBE. (Translation of the Descriptio Globi Intellectualis)—
    1. PREFACE
    2. Chap. I
      1. ” II
      2. ” III
      3. ” IV
      4. ” V
      5. ” VI
      6. ” VII
  19. THEORY OF THE EARTH. (Translation of the Thema Cœli)
    1. PREFACE TO THE NEW ATLANTIS
    2. THE NEW ATLANTIS
  20. ESSAYS, OR COUNCILS CIVIL AND MORAL—
    1. PREFACE
    2. THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY
    3. Essay 1. Of Truth
      1. 2. Of Death
      2. 3. Of Unity in Religion
      3. 4. Of Revenge
      4. 5. Of Adversity
      5. 6. Of Simulation and Dissimulation
      6. 7. Of Parents and Children
      7. 8. Of Marriage and Single Life
      8. 9. Of Envy
      9. 10. Of Love
      10. 11. Of Great Place
      11. 12. Of Boldness
      12. 13. Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature
      13. 14. Of Nobility
      14. 15. Of Seditions and Troubles
      15. 16. Of Atheism
      16. 17. Of Superstition
      17. 18. Of Travel
      18. 19. Of Empire
      19. 20. Of Counsel
      20. 21. Of Delays
      21. 22. Of Cunning
      22. 23. Of Wisdom for a Man's Self
      23. 24. Of Innovations
      24. 25. Of Dispatch
      25. 26. Of Seeming Wise
      26. 27. Of Friendship
      27. 28. Of Expense
      28. 29. Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates
      29. 30. Of Regiment of Health
      30. 31. Of Suspicion
      31. 32. Of Discourse
      32. 33. Of Plantations
      33. 34. Of Riches
      34. 35. Of Prophecies
      35. 36. Of Ambition
      36. 37. Of Masques and Triumphs
      37. 38. Of Nature in Men
      38. 39. Of Custom and Education
      39. 40. Of Fortune
      40. 41. Of Usury
      41. 42. Of Youth and Age
      42. 43. Of Beauty
      43. 44. Of Deformity
      44. 45. Of Building
      45. 46. Of Gardens
      46. 47. Of Negotiating
      47. 48. Of Followers and Friends
      48. 49. Of Suitors
      49. 50. Of Studies
      50. 51. Of Faction
      51. 52. Of Ceremonies and Respects
      52. 53. Of Praise
      53. 54. Of Vain Glory
      54. 55. Of Honour and Reputation
      55. 56. Of Judicature
      56. 57. Of Anger
      57. 58. Of Vicissitude of Things
    4. APPENDIX TO THE ESSAYS—
      1. Fragment of an Essay on Fame
      2. Essays attributed to Bacon without authority
  21. WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS. (Translation of the De Sapientia Veterum)—
    1. PREFACE
    2. Author's Dedication
    3. Author's Preface
    4. 1. Cassandra, or Plainness of Speech
      1. 2. Typhon, or The Rebel
      2. 3. The Cyclopes, or Ministers of Terror
      3. 4. Narcissus, or Self-Love
      4. 5. Styx, or Treaties
      5. 6. Pan, or Nature
      6. 7. Perseus, or War
      7. 8. Endymion, or The Favourite
      8. 9. The Sister of The Giants, or Fame
      9. 10. Actæon and Pentheus, or Curiosity
      10. 11. Orpheus, or Philosophy
      11. 12. Cœlum, or The Origins of Things
      12. 13. Proteus, or Matter
      13. 14. Memnon, or The Early Ripe
      14. 15. Tithonus, or Satiety
      15. 16. Juno's Suitor, or Dishonour
      16. 17. Cupid, or The Atom
      17. 18. Diomedes, or Religious Zeal
      18. 19. Dædalus, or The Mechanic
      19. 20. Erichthonius, or Imposture
      20. 21. Deucalion, or Restoration
      21. 22. Nemesis, or The Vicissitude of Things
      22. 23. Achelous, or The Battle
      23. 24. Dionysus, or Desire
      24. 25. Atalanta, or Profit
      25. 26. Prometheus, or The State of Man
      26. 27. The Flight of Icarus : also Scylla and Charybdis, or The Middle Way
      27. 28. Sphinx, or Science
      28. 29. Proserpina, or Spirit
      29. 30. Metis, or Counsel
      30. 31. The Sirens, or Pleasure
  22. APOPHTHEGMS—
    1. PREFACE
    2. APOPHTHEGMS, NEW AND OLD
    3. APOPHTHEGMS CONTAINED IN THE SECOND EDITION OF THE RESUSCITATIO (1661) AND NOT IN THE ORIGINAL COLLECTION
    4. APOPHTHEGMS PUBLISHED
    5. SOME ADDITIONAL APOPHTHEGMS FROM A COMMONPLACE BOOK IN THE HANDWRITING OF DR. RAWLEY, PRESERVED AT LAMBETH
  23. INDEX