Idola Specus

Idola Specus

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Idola specus is a Latin term, normally translated as "Idols of the Cave" (or "Idols of the Den"), coined by Sir Francis Bacon and used in his Novum Organum, one of the earliest treatises arguing the case for the logic and method of modern science. It is a form of prejudice, by which someone inappropriately extends norms or tenets that apply to his or her own culture and social group, or to his own preferences. Racism, sexism and, more generally chauvinism are examples of idola specus, but the concept goes beyond them to the criticism of all forms of irreflexive subjectivity or individual predisposition. The term is one of four such "idols" which represent "idols and false notions which are now in possession of the human understanding, and have taken deep root therein, not only so beset men's minds that truth can hardly find entrance, but even after entrance is obtained, they will again in the very instauration of the sciences meet and trouble us, unless men being forewarned of the danger fortify themselves as far as may be against their assaults."show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • Duct Publishing
  • Saarbrucken, Germany
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136773872
  • 9786136773872