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Francis Bacon and his Influence on Thomas Jefferson

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By: Jamal Davis

Why is Francis Bacon Relevant to American History?


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Francis Bacons theories influenced Thomas Jefferson.

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Sir Francis Bacon


Bacon grew up in a financially successful family
Mother was a governess of Prince Edward Father: Seal Keeper for the Queen

He received a good education and graduated from college Authored: Novum Organum and The New Atlantis

Thomas Jefferson
Graduated from William & Mary focusing on Philosophy
Learned about John Locke, Isaac Newton, and Francis Bacon

Joined the Flat Hat Club - A secret organization


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Baconian Philosophy
No interest in innovation and discovery Bacon thought that philosophers were improperly conducting research Philosophy of Reconstruction
Studying religion and science as separate entities

Religion
Protestant Revolution (1517-1648): Church was under attack for selling indulgences
Bacon was forced to re-evaluate his views of religion and how it could be a part of his philosophy
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Scientific Revolution
Newton and Galileo created theories during this period
Bacon used nature as a source of knowledge.

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New Atlantis
An essay written by Francis Bacon. Utopian society
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Are Ye Christians
Religion on the island Bensalem
Christianity and Judaism are present
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Hospitable islanders
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Science on Bensalem Island


Scientists in Bensalem used nature in experiments to advance society
Solomons House
Site of experiments and application of research to benefit society.
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Royal Society
A current science institution that demonstrates Bacons philosophies.
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The Royal society is the product of the invisible college.

Freemasons
Formed a secret organization containing centuryold information.
Many levels of membership
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Light
The New Atlantis and the Freemason organization use light in similar ways
Light is a symbol for knowledge

Thomas Jefferson
Jeffersons library
Table of Sciences
Invented by Francis Bacon
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Declaration of Independence
all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
References to nature Laws of Nature and Natures God

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Francis Bacons Influence on Thomas Jefferson


Francis Bacon made many contributions to 16th and 17th century England, and his works to this day have contributed to society. His works reached Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States of America, and writer of the Declaration of Independence.
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