Francis Bacon: The New Organon
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When the New Organon appeared in 1620, part of a six-part programme of scientific inquiry entitled 'The Great Renewal of Learning', Francis Bacon was at the high point of his political career, and his ambitious work was groundbreaking in its attempt to give formal philosophical shape to a new and rapidly emerging experimentally-based science. Bacon combines theoretical scientific epistemology with examples from applied science, examining phenomena as various as magnetism, gravity, and the ebb and flow of the tides, and anticipating later experimental work by Robert Boyle and others. His work challenges the entire edifice of the philosophy and learning of his time, and has left its mark on all subsequent philosophical discussions of scientific method. This volume presents a new translation of the text into modern English by Michael Silverthorne, and an introduction by Lisa Jardine that sets the work in the context of Bacon's scientific and philosophical activities.
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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 410g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521564832
  • 9780521564830
  • 318,399

Table of contents

Plan of the work; The second part of the work: the New Organon or true directions for the interpretation of nature; Summary of the second part of the work, digested into aphorisms: Book I, Book II.
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"The importance of this work is evident...the Cambridge edition does a respectable job at striving for both accuracy and readability. I would recommend this edition of Bacon's New Organon for use in survey and/or mid-level courses dealing with the development of seventeenth-century philosophy and science." Teaching Philosophy
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"The importance of this work is evident...the Cambridge edition does a respectable job at striving for both accuracy and readability. I would recommend this edition of Bacon's New Organon for use in survey and/or mid-level courses dealing with the development of seventeenth-century philosophy and science." Teaching Philosophy
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About Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1561-1626), englischer Philosoph und Staatsmann, trug mit seinen Schriften maßgeblich zur Begründung des Empirismus bei. Unter seinen zahlreichen juristischen, literarischen und philosophischen Abhandlungen kommt vor allem zwei Werken eine zentrale Bedeutung zu: den in lateinischer Sprache abgefassten Novum organon scientiarum, die als eine Art ,Gründungsdokument neuzeitlicher Methodenforschung gelten können, sowie der Abhandlung De dignitate et augmentis scientiarum, in der er die erste moderne Universalenzyklopädie konzipiert. Nachdem Bacon als Staatsmann unter James I. eine glänzende Karriere gemacht hatte, wurde er der Bestechlichkeit bezichtigt und vom Parlament verbannt. Nach seiner Begnadigung durch den König widmete er sich bis zu seinem Tod ausschließlich der schriftstellerischen Tätigkeit.
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