Francis Bacon's Philosophy of Science: An Account and a Reappraisal

Francis Bacon's Philosophy of Science: An Account and a Reappraisal

Francis Bacon's Philosophy of Science: An Account and a Reappraisal

Francis Bacon's Philosophy of Science: An Account and a Reappraisal

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Bacon's scientific method is commonly thought to proceed mechanically to its infallible end. In this book however, Urbach presents Bacon's philosophy in an alternative light which acquits him of several errors. Urbach describes Bacon as an experimental scientist and examines the criticisms made against him, one of which was that he did not understand the roles of mathematics and science. Bacon was not a traditional metaphysician and was alarmed at the lack of progress in science since ancient times, especially the lack of practical results. He attempted to open up a middle path between practical experience and unsupported theorizing. The author intends to clarify rather than defend Bacon's work.
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