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This book is about stories, specifically the two narratives that emerged around the seventeenth-century epistemological shift from the premodern to the scientific. The first is the narrative of promised recovery, which becomes the undercurrent in Bacon’s advocating of the new science: an empirical, inductive, experiential methodology would reveal the secret workings of Nature that were at one time immediately available to the prelapsarian mind. Nature’s rebellious state could be overcome and made accommodating to humanity’s wellbeing. The knowledge and mastery over the natural world Adam had once enjoyed had not been forfeited by his Fall. Baconian science, at its core, is salvific.
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