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Defoe and the New Sciences Ilse Vickers

Defoe and the New Sciences

Ilse Vickers

Published December 12th 1996
ISBN : 9780521402798
Hardcover
216 pages
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In his long career as a writer Daniel Defoe never tired of advocating the value of personal observation and experience, or his belief in mans God-given duty to explore and make productive use of nature. In this first major study of Bacons legacy toMoreIn his long career as a writer Daniel Defoe never tired of advocating the value of personal observation and experience, or his belief in mans God-given duty to explore and make productive use of nature. In this first major study of Bacons legacy to Defoe Ilse Vickers shows that the ideas and concepts of Baconian science were a major influence on Defoes thinking and writing. She outlines the intellectual principles behind Baconian science, and considers a wide range of Defoes work, from the point of view of his familiarity with the ideals of experimental philosophy.