Francis Bacon on the Origin and Preservation of Life:Theory and Experiments

Benedino Gemelli


The paper analyses Bacon's views of life,as contained in De Sapientia Veterum,Historia vitae et mortis,and in a newly published manuscript,entitled De vijs mortis.Bacon saw the prolongation of life as one of the main goals of science and medicine,According to him,life is the result of the action of spirits on matter.In order to preserve life,it is necessary to investigate various kinds of generation,notably,those which occurr without seeds.The study of putrefaction is also crucial for the prolongation of life.


Key Words: Bacon - Life Prolongation - Generation


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