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Uploaded by: LETISHA | Francis Bacon's New Atlantis. A commentary on Francis Bacon's utopian novel concerning the Island of . # 01 | New Atlantis: A Work Unfinished. Original English text of Francis Bacon's New Atlantis. At this point there is a 1 Francis Bacon, “New Atlantis.” Three Early Modern Utopias: Utopia, New Atlantis, and the Isle of Pines. Ed. Susan Bruce (Oxford: Oxford.

Adam, as his name indicates, represents humanity. And the European sailors, in the context of this utopia, are representative of European society as the whole. Theirs is a pious search for the benefits in nature provided by the divine. The role of the wise man in the episode is also important in coming to understand why Bensalem was chosen for this special benediction.

Christian revelation comes to the land because the Bensalemites already believed in an all-knowing, all-powerful God; they devoted efforts to studying both the natural and the divine and were able to distinguish the two.

That the ark comes to Bensalem is, therefore, not a result of accident or caprice. God selects Bensalem because it is capable of receiving and perpetuating a pure form of gospel Christianity. The person on the ship who is able to interpret the miracle is a wise man. This parallels the miraculous announcement of the birth of the Messiah to the shepherds and to the Magi. The Governor begins his answer with an account of ancient history virtually unknown to the Europeans.

In the distant past, worldwide navigation and commerce were commonplace, until disrupted by natural catastrophe. In the ancient past, many great civilizations sailed to the farthest regions of the world and carried on trade with Bensalem and its neighbor Atlantis.

These calamities devastated the country, the people, and the great civilization that they had created. Human civilization was never fully able to recover following these catastrophes; the civilization of Atlantis left only the primitive culture of America and the New World. As for the other parts of the world, it is most manifest that in the ages following whether it were in respect of wars, or by a natural revolution of time navigation did every where greatly decay; and specially far voyages.

It does not explain, however, why Bensalem chose to keep its existence secret even though it was in contact with other nations. The Governor explains that about 1, years earlier the Bensalemite king Solamona decided that his nation was far superior to all others in every way and could not benefit from direct intercourse with them.

For this reason, he took steps to prevent the influx of customs and ideas from inferior nations. One of his steps was to offer to allow all foreign travelers to take up residence in Bensalem rather than return to their own countries. The Governor reports that this policy had been followed ever since and only thirteen individuals ever chose to leave during the 1,year span. As a result, almost nothing has been reported back to other nations in two millennia; and the few reports that were made were dismissed as fantasy because the quality of life in Bensalem seemed to be an improbable delusion.

King Solamona also prohibited his subjects from leaving to prevent them from revealing too much or from becoming corrupted by what they encountered abroad. As we will see, Bacon repeatedly warns that humanity cannot gain the benefits in nature without proper piety. Following his description of the founding of the House of Solomon, and of the reconnaissance missions of its members, the Governor offers to help the Europeans return to their country or to allow them to stay in Bensalem.

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The Europeans enthusiastically accept the offer to stay. This account introduces or reinforces several critical themes: Atlantis is destroyed by the gods because of its drive to expand its empire through conquest and world domination.

This libido dominandi stands in stark contrast to Bensalem, which is characterized as an embodiment of the cardinal Christian virtues of faith, charity, peace, and justice. Even after the series of natural disasters, which weakened or destroyed other civilizations, Bensalem does not seize the opportunity to invade lands and enslave their inhabitants. Instead, it chooses to withdraw in order to live in peace.

While Atlantis used navigation and exploration for material gain, Bensalem seeks knowledge that it can use for the welfare of its people. The study of nature, which brings practical benefits, is also a study of the Creation in order to know the Creator. This episode contains another reference to sacred texts unknown or lost to Europe, and these texts play an essential role in the well-being of the nation and its people. The island, therefore, is already devoted to the spiritual and material well-being of its inhabitants.

Before the Fall, humanity had dominion over nature and was able to draw from Creation all of the benefits that God had placed in it. Finally, it is important to note that Bensalem is the only civilization that has been spared devastation. Neither natural catastrophes nor the ravages of war have interrupted its history. It is able to preserve ancient truth and build upon it rather than being reduced to an primitive state of subsistence living and intellectual poverty.

They move about the country in an attempt to learn more about its customs and practices, and soon they have the opportunity to observe the Feast of the Family ceremony. Briefly, the stated purpose of the ceremony is to honor the patriarch of a family, who has supplied the king with many subjects. The celebration is thus a ritual affirmation of the abundance and prosperity of the country. More than fecundity is being celebrated, however.

Moreover, the honor accorded the patriarch is proportional to the success of his children as productive, responsible citizens of the state. That the moral dimension of family life is central to the ceremony and to the well-being of the country is made clear in the discussion with Joabin. This discussion begins when the European narrator asks Joabin if polygamy is practiced in Bensalem since it is obvious that the country honors large families.

For that where population is so much affected [desired] and such as with them it seemed to be, there is commonly permission of plurality of wives. But when men have at hand a remedy more agreeable to their corrupt will, marriage is almost expulsed. The disorder resulting from libidinal corruption in individuals is compounded by misguided social customs and laws.

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The analysis here is restricted to the most literal meaning of the text. This image is contrasted to the sterile state when men become obsessed with their intellectual creations.

According to Joabin, the people of Bensalem are descended from Abraham and their laws were given by Moses.

The descent from Abraham is supposed to come from his son Nachoran. But the law available to Bensalem extends beyond the Old Testament. It includes the secret teachings revealed to Moses during the 40 days on Mount Sinai. The chief difference between the Jews of Bensalem and the Jews of Europe is that the Bensalemite Jews expect that the coming of the Messiah will usher in a New Jerusalem or a Kingdom of God on earth, and they expect that the king of Bensalem, as a representative of a people who have received a special benediction, will sit on the right hand of the enthroned messiah.

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They are those who attempt to live under the Old and New Covenants. The people crowd the streets to catch a glimpse of this high-level state official, who is surrounded by religious paraphernalia. His attendants, for example, carry a crosier, a symbol of ecclesiastical authority, and a staff, a symbol of pastoral function.

These investigations produce a breadth and depth of knowledge beyond anything imagined in Europe. But these investigations are only the preliminary stage. The intent is to use them to improve the human condition through the improvement of existing orders and to create new phenomena. Experiments in the Lower Region, for example, produce new artificial metals, which are used for curing diseases. And many of them we so order as they become of medicinal use.

The Father next explains the duties or offices of the various members, which include advancing the practical aspects of research, developing new theoretical insights, and producing new products and inventions that benefit the nation.

Since the Fall, humans are prone to being self-centered and inclined to become preoccupied with material concerns. This king had a large heart, inscrutable for good; and was wholly bent to make his kingdom and people happy It is dedicated to the study of the Works and Creatures of God. But the records write it as it is spoken. So as I take it to be denominate of the King of the Hebrews, which is famous with you, and no stranger to us.

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For we have some parts of his works which with you are lost; namely, that Natural History which he wrote, of all plants, from the cedar of Libanus to the moss that groweth out of the wall, and of all things that have life and motion.

According to the text, Solomon found favor with God and God offered to grant him any wish. Solomon asked for wisdom in order to be able to rule his kingdom with intelligence and compassion. The request pleased God and it was granted.

God also gave Solomon great material wealth as well.

This emphasis on the benevolence of the king also defines his kingship in terms of the primary Christian virtue: charity. The famous biblical account of the judgment of Solomon accents the psychological insight that allowed him to understand his subjects and to rule them justly. There is, of course, no mention of this Natural History in the biblical accounts. As Whitney explains, the Vulgate edition of the Bible created a typology that centered on the apocalyptic motif of the rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem.

The kingdom reached its zenith during the reign of Solomon, when the Hebrews enjoyed unprecedented prosperity and freedom from religious or political interference by neighboring powers. After Solomon, however, the Hebrew nation was overrun and lost its political autonomy and religious freedom. In B. The term used in the Vulgate for the rebuilding is instauro, which has the dual meaning of building up construction and rebuilding.

Whitney demonstrates that Bacon uses the notion of instauration as no previous author had, making it the root symbol for his program. Moreover, according to Whitney, Bacon employs the connotation of building or rebuilding as edification or re-edification.

The word edifice and its derivatives can denote a physical structure or can refer to the building up or construction of knowledge edification.

Bacon chooses to emphasize the latter. For him, instauration depends upon a recovery of knowledge that clears away accumulated epistemological errors and re-establishes a proper foundation. Bacon does not dismiss or displace the idea of spiritual renewal; indeed, regulation of gospel Christianity was one of his principal concerns. He chooses, however, to emphasize what for him is an equally important part of recovery or rebuilding: to rebuild natural philosophy so that human beings can recover the benefits God instilled in Creation.

Light as enlightenment is a basic religious motif, and Bacon never changes its religious connotation. While others stress the need for spiritual regeneration, Bacon emphasizes the need for the complementary instauration of knowledge. The Prehistory of Civilization According to the Governor, Bensalem, Atlantis, and civilizations from the far-flung corners of the world carried out a mutual exchange of learning and material goods, while living in peace.

A series of cataclysms destroyed the other great civilizations and left most nations in an infantile state, having lost all records of their previous greatness and all ability to restore themselves to their former condition.

Not only were the civilizations reduced to infancy and the memory of their own past greatness eclipsed, they also forgot about the other great civilizations as well.

Consequently, Bensalem, the only civilization to be spared, chooses to remain obscure; the country has nothing to gain and much to lose by making itself known to the rest of the world. As previously noted, the island does continue to monitor developments in other countries throughout the world and brings back any information that can be used by Bensalem.

The participants in the dialogue are discussing the best form of society. Their intent is to limit the discussion to actually existing societies, not unattainable ideal states.

But the dialogue makes it clear that the historical horizon has to be expanded beyond the immediate past. The present age is not one in which humanity has realized its full potential. It is a period of iron, not gold. In the Platonic dialogues, it is evident that the primary difference between the primordial golden age and the current state of degeneration lies in the eclipse of knowledge of the divine and in the loss of the skills of divination, medicine, engineering, agriculture, and navigation.

In the Platonic context, then, it is clear that an essential requirement for recovering the capacity for human excellence lies in re-attaining the original, pure forms of knowledge. After the cosmos is created, the gods amicably divide the territories.

Upon which so strange a spectacle, the people of the city gathered apace together upon the sands, to wonder; and so after put themselves into a number of small boats to go nearer to this marvellous sight. But when the boats were come within about sixty yards of the pillar, they found themselves all bound, and could go no further, yet so as they might move to go about, but might not approach nearer; so as the boats stood all as in a theatre, beholding this light, as a heavenly sign.

It so fell out that there was in one of the boats one of the wise men of the Society of Salomon's House which house, or college, my good brethren, is the very eye of this kingdom , who having awhile attentively and devoutly viewed and contemplated this pillar and cross, fell down upon his face; and then raised himself upon his knees, and lifting up his hands to heaven, made his prayers in this manner: "'Lord God of heaven and earth; thou hast vouchsafed of thy grace, to those of our order to know thy works of creation, and true secrets of them; and to discern, as far as appertaineth to the generations of men, between divine miracles, works of nature, works of art and impostures, and illusions of all sorts.

I do here acknowledge and testify before this people that the thing we now see before our eyes is thy finger, and a true miracle. And forasmuch as we learn in our books that thou never workest miracles, but to a divine and excellent end for the laws of nature are thine own laws, and thou exceedest them not but upon great cause , we most humbly beseech thee to prosper this great sign, and to give us the interpretation and use of it in mercy; which thou dost in some part secretly promise, by sending it unto us.

The book contained all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament, according as you have them for we know well what the churches with you receive , and the Apocalypse itself; and some other books of the New Testament, which were not at that time written, were nevertheless in the book. And for the letter, it was in these words: "'I, Bartholomew, a servant of the Highest, and apostle of Jesus Christ, was warned by an angel that appeared to me in a vision of glory, that I should commit this ark to the floods of the sea.

Therefore I do testify and declare unto that people where God shall ordain this ark to come to land, that in the same day is come unto them salvation and peace, and good-will from the Father, and from the Lord Jesus.

For there being at that time, in this land, Hebrews, Persians, and Indians, besides the natives, everyone read upon the book and letter, as if they had been written in his own language. And thus was this land saved from infidelity as the remain of the old world was from water by an ark, through the apostolical and miraculous evangelism of St.

So this was all that passed in that conference. It is not only the presence of the full canon of Scripture long before it was completed or compiled, but also the all-too-convenient proximity of the scientist who will attest to its miraculous nature of this wonder that lends the story an air of incredibility. Also all colorations of light: all delusions and deceits of the sight, in figures, magnitudes, motions, colors; all demonstrations of shadows.

We find also divers means, yet unknown to you, of producing of light, originally from divers bodies. He also boasts about their ability to fake miracles: And surely you will easily believe that we, that have so many things truly natural which induce admiration, could in a world of particulars deceive the senses if we would disguise those things, and labor to make them more miraculous.

Renaker points out in the Latin translation of the second passage which was published as part of Operum moralium et civilium tomus in by William Rawley, Bacon's amanuensis, secretary and chaplain, who was also behind the publication of New Atlantis in is stronger and literally translates to "we could impose on men's senses an infinite number of things if we wanted to present these things as, and exalt them into, a miracle.

The relevance of the Brother of Salomon's House to the story of the island's conversion to Christianity is more an indication that the institution itself has reached a point in its knowledge from which it can ascertain whether an occurrence is natural or not. It is this knowledge and its humble application that allows for the revelation itself to be delivered. Who Rules Bensalem?

This would seem to imply that the State does not hold the monopoly on authority and that Salomon's House must in some sense be superior to the State. In the introduction to the critical edition of New Atlantis, Jerry Weinberger notes that Joabin is the only contemporary character i. Weinberger speculates that Joabin may be the actual ruler of Bensalem.

Social Ritual of the Bensalemites[ edit ] While Bacon appears concerned with the House of Salomon, a portion of the narrative describes the social practices of the Bensalemites, particularly those surrounding courtship and family life. An example of these rituals is the Adam and Eve pools. Here betrothed send surrogates to observe the other bathing to discover any deformities.

However, the crucial difference is rather than surrogates, the young couple observes the other naked. Influences[ edit ] New Atlantis and other writings of Bacon inspired the formation of the Royal Society. Skinner 's Walden Two. In it he depicted a land where there would be freedom of religion — showing a Jew treated fairly and equally in an island of Christians.

It has been argued that this work had influenced others reforms, such as greater rights for women, the abolition of slavery , elimination of debtors' prisons , separation of church and state , and freedom of political expression, [8] [9] [10] [11] although there is no hint of these reforms in The New Atlantis itself. His propositions of legal reform which were not established in his lifetime , though, are considered to have been one of the influences behind the Napoleonic Code , [12] and therefore could show some resemblance with or influence in the drafting of other liberal constitutions that came in the centuries after Bacon's lifetime, such as the American Constitution.

A Newfoundland stamp which reads "Lord Bacon — the guiding spirit in colonization scheme" Francis Bacon played a leading role in creating the English colonies, especially in Virginia , the Carolinas , and Newfoundland in northeastern Canada.

His government report on "The Virginia Colony" was submitted in In Bacon and his associates received a charter from the king to form the Tresurer and the Companye of Adventurers and planter of the Cittye of London and Bristoll for the Collonye or plantacon in Newfoundland [13] and sent John Guy to found a colony there.

In Newfoundland issued a postage stamp to commemorate Bacon's role in establishing the province. The stamp describes Bacon as "the guiding spirit in colonization scheme" of Bacon in fact writes about atheism in his essays and considers it rare as even those people who are often considered atheists by society believe in God. The choice of Bartholomew as the apostle who receives the vision and sends the ark on its way is also noteworthy in three ways.

It appeareth in nothing more, that atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man [ In which scroll were written in ancient Hebrew, and in ancient Greek, and in good Latin of the school, and in Spanish, these words: Land ye not, none of you; and provide to be gone from this coast, within sixteen days, except you have further time given you.

And after an hour and a half's sailing, we entered into a good haven, being the port of a fair city; not great indeed, but well built, and that gave a pleasant view from the sea: and we thinking every minute long, till we were on land, came close to the shore, and offered to land.

The Atlantans, as the children of Poseidon, were especially accomplished navigators. Bacon chooses to stress the latter in his utopia because he was concerned that the recovery or instauration of natural philosophy was being overlooked. Meanwhile, if you want fresh water or victuals, or help for your sick, or that your ship needeth repairs, write down your wants, and you shall have that, which belongeth to mercy.

A type is a word form. And many of them we so order as they become of medicinal use.

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