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  1. Wisdom as a Meditation on Life: Spinoza on Bacon and Civil History.Jo Van Cauter - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (1):88-110.
    In letter 37 to Johannes Bouwmeester, Spinoza identifies a historiola mentis à la Bacon as an important tool for distinguishing more easily between adequate and inadequate ideas. This paper contends that Spinoza's advice is to take into account Baconian-style ‘Civil History’ as providing instructive material for contemplating the variety, complexity, and persistency of human passionate behaviour. Specifically, it argues that Baconian civil history forms an integral part of Spinoza's reflections on provisional morality. Although for Spinoza, philosophical beatitude ultimately demands understanding (...)
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  • Francis Bacon's Doctrine of Idols: A Diagnosis of ‘Universal Madness’.S. V. Weeks - 2019 - British Journal for the History of Science 52 (1):1-39.
    The doctrine of idols is one of the most famous aspects of Bacon's thought. Yet his claim that the idols lead to madness has gone almost entirely unnoticed. This paper argues that Bacon's theory of idols underlies his diagnosis of the contemporary condition as one of ‘universal madness’. In contrast to interpretations that locate his doctrine of error and recovery within the biblical narrative of the Fall, the present analysis focuses on the material and cultural sources of the mind's tendency (...)
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  • Francis Bacon, Early Modern Baconians and the Idols of Baconian Scholarship: Introductory Study.Dana Jalobeanu - 2013 - Society and Politics 7 (2013).
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  • From Scientia Operativa to Scientia Intuitiva: Producing Particulars in Bacon and Spinoza.Daniel Selcer - 2014 - Intellectual History Review 24 (1):1-19.