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Same Spirit, Different Structure: Francis Bacon on Inanimate and Animate Matter (2018)


This article argues that for Francis Bacon there is only one type of spiritual matter, which acquires different qualities and performs different functions within bodies depending on the structure it has. In order to prove this hypothesis, the paper takes as a case study the process of spontaneous generation, where there is no pre-existent spirit, as contrary to the case of the generation out of seed. For Bacon, tangible matter is prepared to produce certain species, leaving to the spirits the function of shaping what lies in matter in potency.

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Article Fabrizio Baldassarri; Oana Matei (2018) Manipulating Flora: Seventeenth-Century Botanical Practices and Natural Philosophy. Introduction. Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period (pp. 413-419). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hirai, Hiro
Giglioni, Guido Maria
Manzo, Silvia A.
Artis, Aderemi Ethan
Blank, Andreas
Feingold, Mordechai
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Perspectives on Science
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Natural philosophy
Matter theory
Biogenesis; origin of life; spontaneous generation
Experiments and experimentation
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Fernel, Jean François
Liceti, Fortunio
Sennert, Daniel
Harvey, William
Alcuin of York
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
15th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
Royal Society of London

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