Georgics of the mind and the architecture of fortune: Francis Bacon's therapeutic ethics

Sharpe, Matthew 2014, Georgics of the mind and the architecture of fortune: Francis Bacon's therapeutic ethics, Philosophical Papers, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 89-121, doi: 10.1080/05568641.2014.901697.

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Title Georgics of the mind and the architecture of fortune: Francis Bacon's therapeutic ethics
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew
Journal name Philosophical Papers
Volume number 43
Issue number 1
Start page 89
End page 121
Total pages 33
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-03
ISSN 0556-8641
Keyword(s) Francis Bacon
Philosophical therapeutics
Georgics of the mind
Magistral philosophy
Summary This essay complements recent work by Soreana Corneanu situating Bacon’s epistemology in a larger lineage of literature concerning ‘cultura animi’ in early modern Europe, by focusing on Bacon’s conception of a therapeutic philosophical ‘Georgics of the mind’ in The Advancement of Learning, the Essays, and other texts. We aim to show firstly (in Part 2) how Bacon’s conception of human nature, and the importance of habit and custom, reflects the ancient pagan thinkers’ justifications of philosophical therapeutics. Attention will also be paid in this connection to Bacon’s sensitivity to another marker of ancient therapeutic philosophy as Pierre Hadot in particular has recently presented it: the proliferation of different rhetorical and literary forms aiming at different pedagogic, therapeutic, and psychogogic aims. Part 3 then will examine Bacon’s changes in practical or ‘magistral’ philosophy, carried out on the therapeutic ethical grounds which Part 2 has examined, but proposing a much more active ‘architecture of fortune’ to philosophical and political aspirants.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/05568641.2014.901697
Field of Research 220209 History of Ideas
220207 History and Philosophy of the Humanities
220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID DP140101981
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
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