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dc.contributor.authorSerjeantson, Richarden
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-27T10:58:05Z
dc.date.available2014-10-27T10:58:05Z
dc.date.issued2014-12-01en
dc.identifier.issn0021-1753
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246267
dc.description.abstractThe “interpretation of nature” (interpretatio naturae) is the leading idea in Francis Bacon’s natural philosophy. But by contrast with his ideas about method, induction, or experiment, the significance of the “interpretation of nature” has received very little scholarly attention. This essay tests the originality of Bacon’s idea by means of a focused survey of existing forms of Renaissance natural knowledge—Aristotelian and anti-Aristotelian natural philosophy, Galenic and Paracelsian medicine, natural magic, physiognomy, natural history—before turning to consider the much more prominent place of “interpretation” in the fields of Renaissance logic, revealed and natural theology, and law. It finds that Bacon’s application of the idea of “interpretation” to nature was highly original, but also that certain important aspects of his conception have analogies in Renaissance civil law. The essay concludes by exploring the implications of these findings for a recent body of scholarship in the history of the sciences that invokes the notion of the “interpretation of nature” to characterize pre-Baconian natural philosophy more generally.
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
dc.titleFrancis Bacon and the 'Interpretation of Nature' in the Late Renaissanceen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage705
prism.publicationDate2014en
prism.publicationNameIsisen
prism.startingPage681
prism.volume105en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1086/679419en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2014-12-01en
dc.contributor.orcidSerjeantson, Richard [0000-0002-5795-8055]
dc.identifier.eissn1545-6994
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
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