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A fictitious Bacon

Terence Kealey's essay on Francis Bacon was a misunderstanding of practically everything about the founder of modern science—from his views on progress to his predilection for S&M and torture

By Pete Langman   November 2005

It seems odd that Terence Kealey associates Francis Bacon with the idea of progress, when the images Bacon conjures in the minds of most people are those of pederasty, frozen chickens and an unrequited desire for one of Queen Elizabeth’s beds.

It is yet more odd that Kealey considers Bacon to be a worthy advocate of anything, as since the magisterial triumvirate of Macaulay, Blake and Adorno described his Essays as “good advice for Satan’s kingdom,” Bacon scholars have spent most of their time trying to rehabilitate him. Kealey has his own axe to grind and, in what has…

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