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Philosophy According to Tacitus: Francis Bacon and the Inquiry into the Limits of Human Self-Delusion

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Philosophy According to Tacitus: Francis Bacon and the Inquiry into the Limits of Human Self-Delusion


Bacon belonged to a cultural milieu that, between the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries, proved to be especially receptive to infuences coming from such continental authors as Machiavelli, Bodin, Duplessis-Mornay, Hotman, and, through Lipsius, a particular brand of Stoicism tinged with Tacitean motifs. Within the broader question of Tacitus’ infuence on Tudor and Stuart culture, this article focuses on the issue of how Bacon’s characteristic insistence on the powers of the imagination (fingere) and of belief (credere) in shaping human history may have infuenced his view that human beings suffer from an innate tendency to self-delusion.

Giglioni, Guido (2012) Philosophy According to Tacitus: Francis Bacon and the Inquiry into the Limits of Human Self-Delusion. Perspectives in Science, 20 (2). pp. 159-182. ISSN 1530-9274


Item Type: Article
Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Classics
Philosophy
Divisions: Warburg Institute
Collections: Warburg Institute staff papers
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/POSC_a_00061
URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4863
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