Francis Bacon: prolonger la vie, aider à mourir

Author/s Didier Deleule
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/1
Language French Pages 25 P. 81-105 File size 530 KB
DOI 10.3280/SF2012-001007
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Following a common ambition in his time, Francis Bacon reflected on the ways to preserve the self, heal the sick and above all extend life. Here as elsewhere, he did not fail to detect the shortcomings (desiderata) affecting the study of phenomena. Nevertheless, what is truly new – encapsulated in the neologism euthanasia – is the recommendation, when suffering becomes unbearable, not that old-fashioned suicide should be committed but, rather, that technical assistance should be given able to provide a gentle death.

Keywords: Bacon, death, self-preservation, healing the sick, extension of life, euthanasia.

Didier Deleule, Francis Bacon: prolonger la vie, aider à mourir in "RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA" 1/2012, pp 81-105, DOI: 10.3280/SF2012-001007