An Explanatory Version of Lord Bacon's Novum Organum

An Explanatory Version of Lord Bacon's Novum Organum

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...be cured, or hindered from producing mischief, by any accuracy in the subsequent function of syllogizing with these faulty premises, nor by any remedies which can be applied to obviate the errors as they arise. The root of the evil must be removed. 6. But, some one may here be supposed to exclaim, --are we to throw away all our established beliefs? Bacon seems to demand little less. He says--Aph. XXXI. In vain is much im The ntcessity for re-provement expected in the sciences from constructing science the superinduction and ingrafting of from the foundation. new things upon the old: but a reconstruction must be made from the lowest foundations, unless we be content to go round continually in a circle, with small and as it were contemptible progress. a. The illustration of going round continually, as if making progress, and yet making no progress, is taken from the ox in the mill, where the animal occupies the degraded position of a slave to authority. b. But does Bacon, then, look down upon all his predecessors as his inferiors 1 By no means. Aph. XXXII. To ancient authors, No disparagement of and indeed to all, honour due abides (by the ancients is inten-us unchallenged): since there is here ded. brought forward no comparison of ta lents or of faculties but of methods: nor do we sustain the part of a judge (to condemn any for what is past) but of an indicater (of the proper path to be pursued in future). o. Whilst he disclaims any intention of sitting in judgment on the great men of antiquity, he denies the right of others to judge of his proposed Method by the faulty standard which it is his great aim to denounce and to expel. Aph. XXXIII. No judgment (for The party accused we must speak plainly) can be rightly cannot sit as judge...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836928
  • 9781236836922