Early Modern History Workshop - “What Affected Stuff Is All This from Such a Genius?”: Daniel Defoe Reads Francis Bacon

Early Modern History Workshop
Event date: 
April 24, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:20pm
Speaker(s): 
Mintae Cha
Princeton University
Seminar Series: 
Early Modern History Workshop
Audience: 
Public

 “What Affected Stuff Is All This from Such a Genius?”: Daniel Defoe Reads Francis Bacon

Mintae Cha, Department of History, Princeton University


For a copy of the pre-circulated paper, and to RSVP to the workshop, please email Matthew McDonald at mim3@princeton.edu. A light lunch will be provided.


Abstract: Francis Bacon's [Advancement of Learning](1605) is considered to be an important text in the history of science, but would contemporaries have agreed? By examining Daniel Defoe's annotations on a copy of the Baconian text, this paper raises questions about the reception of "Baconianism" in the Augustan period.

Contact: 
Matthew McDonald