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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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Authors & Contributors
Hirai, Hiro
Kennington, Richard H.
Hunt, Frank
Kraus, Pamela A.
Giglioni, Guido Maria
Smith, Justin E. H.
Perspectives on Science
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Journal of the History of Ideas
Lexington Books
The Catholic University of America
Natural philosophy
Matter theory
Biogenesis; origin of life; spontaneous generation
Soul (philosophy)
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Sennert, Daniel
Descartes, René
Liceti, Fortunio
Galilei, Galileo
Fernel, Jean François
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
15th century

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