Physicophilosophical and political arguments in the unionist discourse of Francis Bacon

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Release:

Vesntik TSU. Philosophy. 2014

Title: 
Physicophilosophical and political arguments in the unionist discourse of Francis Bacon


About the authors:

Sergey V. Kondratiev,
Dr. Hist. Sci., Director of Institute for the Humanities, Tyumen State University

Tamara N. Kondratyeva,
Cand. Hist. Sci., Associate Professor, Department of Document Keeping and Document Management, Institute for the Humanities, Tyumen State University

Abstract:

The problem of the union between England and Scotland, which has
been recently intensified, has a long history. The article considers the roots of the
problem and the constituents of the unionist discourse of Francis Bacon, a famous
English philosopher and politician.
In his treatise a Brief Discourse touching the Happy Union of the Kingdoms
of England and Scotland (1603), Bacon uses two arguments referring to nature and
politics. He points to resemblance and correspondence between the laws of nature and
the true rules of politics, since a political framework reflects the laws of nature. Bacon is
sure that the supposed union of the two kingdoms would be a “perfect mixture”, whereby
they should have four parts: Union in Name, Union in Language, Union in Laws, and
Union in Employments.

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