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The Resource Origin and authority in seventeenth-century England : Bacon, Milton, Butler, Alvin Snider

Origin and authority in seventeenth-century England : Bacon, Milton, Butler, Alvin Snider

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Origin and authority in seventeenth-century England : Bacon, Milton, Butler
Title
Origin and authority in seventeenth-century England
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Bacon, Milton, Butler
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Alvin Snider
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Language
eng
Summary
Francis Bacon, John Milton, and Samuel Butler are three writers generally thought to have little in common. Yet, as Alvin Snider argues, all participated in the seventeenth-century discourse on origins. They believed that the truth of an idea could be determined by enquiry into its genesis, and looked for authority in rudimentary and incorrupt principles. Bacon wanted to rebuild knowledge from its foundations; Milton invoked a distant past to secure a base for the present; and Butler expressed intense nostalgia for a fixed truth associated with origins. Focusing on writings by these three figures, Snider shows how an authoritative discourse on origin became an alternative to error in a time of revolution and cultural transformation, and traces its gradual disintegration as the difficulty of locating origins became increasingly evident. Snider concentrates on three texts: Bacon's Novum Organum, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Butler's Hudibras. He treats the concept of a definitive origin not just as a literary or historical tope but as a complex system of representation that informs the poetry, philosophy, and other writings of the period. Drawing on theories of ideology and attending carefully to the role of language in the production and construction of knowledge, Snider shows how Bacon's desire to abolish error through a systematic renovation of authority contributed to the formation of an ideal of scientific objectivity. He argues that the quest for an absolute beginning in Paradise Lost foregrounds the problems of representation and of making experience a reliable index of truth. Moving from the emergence of modern science early in the century to the revival of epic and monarchy after the Restoration, he considers texts from a range of disciplines. Writing with economy, clarity, and verve, Snider revises the intellectual history of the seventeenth century, superimposing a new narrative of disintegrating confidence on the old one of the triumph of science over poetry
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CaOTU
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1954-
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Snider, Alvin Martin
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Bacon, Francis
  • Milton, John
  • Butler, Samuel
  • Philosophy, English
  • Beginning
  • English poetry
  • Seventeenth century
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Origin and authority in seventeenth-century England : Bacon, Milton, Butler, Alvin Snider
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Origin, Error, Ideology -- pt. 1. Francis Bacon: Organon and Origin. 1. 'Pure and Uncorrupted Natural Knowledge'. 2. Writing Error in the Novum Organum. 3. Authorizing Aphorism. 4. Legitimation and the Origin of Restoration Science -- pt. 2. Seeing Double in Paradise Lost. 5. Beginning Late. 6. Who Himself Beginning Knew? 7. The Figure in the Mirror -- pt. 3. Butler's Hudibras: The Post-Epic Condition. 8. 'As Aeneas Bore His Sire'. 9. Metaphysick Wit. 10. A Babylonish Dialect. 11. By Equivocation Swear
Control code
29910983
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 286 pages
Isbn
9780802028655
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1621127
Label
Origin and authority in seventeenth-century England : Bacon, Milton, Butler, Alvin Snider
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Origin, Error, Ideology -- pt. 1. Francis Bacon: Organon and Origin. 1. 'Pure and Uncorrupted Natural Knowledge'. 2. Writing Error in the Novum Organum. 3. Authorizing Aphorism. 4. Legitimation and the Origin of Restoration Science -- pt. 2. Seeing Double in Paradise Lost. 5. Beginning Late. 6. Who Himself Beginning Knew? 7. The Figure in the Mirror -- pt. 3. Butler's Hudibras: The Post-Epic Condition. 8. 'As Aeneas Bore His Sire'. 9. Metaphysick Wit. 10. A Babylonish Dialect. 11. By Equivocation Swear
Control code
29910983
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 286 pages
Isbn
9780802028655
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1621127

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