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Francis Bacon's New Atlantis - College Term Papers

Francis Bacon's New Atlantis


Francis Bacon was the founder of the modern scientific method. The focus on the
new scientific method is on orderly experimentation. For Bacon, experiments
that produce results are important. Bacon pointed out the need for clear and
accurate thinking, showing that any mastery of the world in which man lives was
dependent upon careful understanding. This understanding is based solely on the
facts of this world and not as the ancients held it in ancient philosophy. This
new modern science provides the foundation for modern political science. Bacon's
political science completely separated religion and philosophy. For Bacon,
nothing exists in the universe except individual bodies. Although he ...

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to laymen. The belief that nature is
something to be vexed and tortured to the compliance of man will not satisfy
man nor laymen. Natural science finds its proper method when the 'scientist'
puts Nature to the question, tortures her by experiment and wrings from her
answers to his questions. The House of Solomon is directly related to these
thoughts. "It is dedicated to the study of Works and the Creatures of God"
(Bacon, 436). Wonder at religious questions was natural, but, permitted free
reign, would destroy science by absorbing the minds and concerns of men. The
singular advantage of Christianity is its irrationality. The divine soul was a
matter for religion to handle. The irrational soul was open to study and
understanding by man using the methods of science.

The society of the NEW ATLANTIS is a scientific society. It is dominated by
scientists and guided by science. Science conquers chance and determines change
thus creating a regime permanently pleasant. Bensalem, ...

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the sailors praise God. When a boarding party comes to their
ship to deliver messages, none of the natives speak. Rather, the messages are
delivered written on scrolls of parchment. The parchment is "signed with a
stamp of cherubins' wings... and by them a cross" (Bacon, 420). To the sailors,
the cross was "a great rejoicing, and as it were a certain presage of good"
(Bacon, 420). After the natives leave and return to the ship, they stop and ask
"Are ye Christians?" (Bacon, 421). When the sailors confirm that they are, they
are taken to the island of Bensalem. On Bensalem, the sailors are 'confined' to
their resting place and are attended to according to their needs. The sailors
reply, ...

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