Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

Francis Bacon and Jacobean legitimation

José María Rodríguez García



Francis Bacon (1561-1626) maintained a lifelong interest in the institutional implementation of experimental science. What changed over the years were the rhetorical strategies employed to give this project legitimacy. I systematize those changes by dividing Bacon's works into three groups according to three criteria: what rite of officialization is enacted in each text (e.g., conversion, fatherly generation, royal delegation); who the inscribed addressee is (e.g., an imagined audience of sympathetic disciples, the monarch, posterity); and what the status is of the invoked philosophical, religious, and political authorities. In this manner, I isolate three distinct versions of Bacon's rhetoric of legitimation.


Bacon, Francis; Pensamiento político; Legitimación; Institucionalización; Jacobitas


Copyright (c) 1997 José María Rodríguez García

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