Francis Bacon

Timeframe 1561-1626
School of Thought Empiricism, Materialism
Life
  1. Active in politics, parliamentarian
  2. Also a lawyer
  3. Urged the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
  4. Appointed Lord Chancellor by King James
  5. Later charged with twenty-three separate counts of corruption
Main Interest Metaphysics, Politics
Philosophy A method of developing philosophy

  • The need to proceed through inductive reasoning

Utopia

  • Achieved through isolation and the constant development in science
Major Works
  1. The New Atlantis
  2. Novum Organum
Influence
  • Inspired the foundation of the Royal Society
  • A call to the scientific method of inquiry
Famous Quote A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Knowledge is power.

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