A shortlisted selection of essays and texts for class work will be provided during the course.
Francis Bacon, The Major Works including New Atlantis and the Essays, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008.
The Oxford Francis Bacon, IV: The advancement of learning, edited with introduction, notes and commentary by Michael Kiernan, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2000.
The Oxford Francis Bacon, XI: The “Instauratio magna” Part II: “Novum organum” and Associated Texts, edited with introduction, notes, commentaries, and facing-page translations by Graham Rees with Maria Wakely, Clarendon Press, Oxford 2004.
Secondary bibliography (required readings)
Guido Giglioni, Capitolo 6 – Filosofia politica, in Francesco Bacone, Roma, Carocci, 2011, pp. 161-193.
Ian Box, Bacon’s “Essays”: From Political Science to Political Prudence, in History of Political Thought, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 1982), pp. 31-49.
Markku Peltonen, Politics and Science: Francis Bacon and the True Greatness of States, in The Historical Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Jun., 1992), pp. 279-305.
Howard B. White, Chapter 1 – 2 – 3, in Peace Among the Willows. The Political Philosophy of Francis Bacon, The Hague (Netherlands), M. Nijhoff, 1968, pp. 1-44.
For a general review of Bacon’s life and general philosophical theories:
C. Singer, Francis Bacon, Encyclopaedia Britannica, sub voce.
M. Fattori, Introduzione a Francis Bacon, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1997.