Not for personal gratification, or for contention, or to look down on others, or for convenience, reputation, or power : Cultura Animi in Bacon’s 1605 Apology for the proficiency and advancement of learning

Sharpe ,Matthew J 2015, Not for personal gratification, or for contention, or to look down on others, or for convenience, reputation, or power : Cultura Animi in Bacon’s 1605 Apology for the proficiency and advancement of learning, Journal of early modern studies, vol. 4, no. 2, Fall, pp. 37-68.

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Title Not for personal gratification, or for contention, or to look down on others, or for convenience, reputation, or power : Cultura Animi in Bacon’s 1605 Apology for the proficiency and advancement of learning
Author(s) Sharpe ,Matthew JORCID iD for Sharpe ,Matthew J orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Journal name Journal of early modern studies
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Season Fall
Start page 37
End page 68
Total pages 32
Publisher Firenze University Press
Place of publication Firenze, Italy
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2279-7149
Keyword(s) Francis Bacon
cultura animi
advancement of learning
intellectual virtues
Summary This paper examines the apology for the life of the mind Francis Bacon gives in Book I of his 1605 text The Advancement of Learning. Like recent work on Bacon led by the ground-breaking studies of Corneanu, Harrison and Gaukroger, I argue that Bacon’s conception and defence of intellectual inquiry in this extraordinary text is framed by reference to the classical model, which had conceived and justified philosophising as a way of life or means to the care of the inquirer’s soul or psyche. In particular, Bacon’s proximities and debts to the Platonic Apology and Cicero’s defence of intellectual pursuits in Rome are stressed, alongside the acuity and eloquence of Bacon’s descriptions of the intellectual virtues and their advertised contributions to the theologically and civically virtuous life.
Language eng
Field of Research 220207 History and Philosophy of the Humanities
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP14010198
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