Doina-Cristina Rusu

Affiliation: 

University of Bucharest

“The effecting of all things possible”: Francis Bacon on Forms and Potentiality

Francis Bacon’s natural philosophy was always described as a philosophy of operations, having as its ultimate goal the creation of “all things possible”. Knowledge, defined as the discovery of causes of all phenomena, is not to be sought for itself, but for its use in the production of effects. However, even if this preeminence of production is clearly the aim of science, Baconian scholars mistaken the limits of such enterprise, considering that there are no boundaries for the transmutation of one thing into another or for the creation of new species.