The New Atlantis (Classic Books of Enlightenment Philosophy) (Hardcover)

The New Atlantis (Classic Books of Enlightenment Philosophy) (Hardcover)

by Francis Bacon


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The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon details the ideas and vision of the scientific utopia conceived by the author, and is offered here in hardcover.

This story sets out a process of discovery whereby sailors, lost off the Peruvian coastline, stumble across Bensalem. While the opening passages hold only the bare bones of plot, the emphasis once the explorers arrive in Bensalem is its university: Salomon's House.

Promoted tenets include kindness, compassion and honesty, aesthetic beauty in public buildings and civic life, an intellectual spirit fostered among the population, a university named Salomon's House where sciences are studied and developed, and a strong sense of religious piety held by the population.

Today, The New Atlantis is significant for statements of the ideals of the nascent Enlightenment era, in which Francis Bacon was an influential thinker. The text is also interpretative, with Bensalem's conversion to Christianity and the nature of its hierarchy poignant elements in the fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781387788330
Publication date: 08/27/2018
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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The New Atlantis 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The transfer to digital format is HORRIBLE. The text is 90% symbols and gibberish; completely unreadable. Which is upsetting because I was really looking forward to this book. With such terrible quality-control, I'm glad this was free. I just wish I could have actually been able to read it.
DanieXJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a bit hard to get into, though the footnotes helped whole lot in the understanding of the text. It was also a bit of a slow beginning. But once I got into the flow of Bacon's writing and once he got past the technical stuff that set the stage for the rest of the piece it was smooth sailing.The most humorous part (though I doubt it was supposed to be) was when he explained why the natives of great Atlantis (America, though it sounded like only the top half of North America, the USA and Canada) went from those who populated Tall Ships to those who go around naked and are savages with no art or culture. Which of course, is why it's funny, because not all the tribes were naked and the fact that the Native North Americans had just as much art, culture etc, as any European or New Atlantean.Anyway, maybe I'm totally reading it wrong (wouldn't be the first time), but he was basically explaining what the United States of America has always been trying to be (and had and has differing levels of success at) a place where if you come to our shores as strangers you can stay or you can stay for a bit and use our hospitality, but if you stay forever you become an American. You can be African-American, Chinese American, Irish-American, but if you choose to stay you become an American. (Plus, there's the whole prude thing, which totally sounds like us crazy US/Americans a bit too).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very readable. Text only, commentary would have been nice, but you get what you pay for.
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