Redefining the Role of Experiment in Bacon’s Natural History: How Baconian was Descartes Before Emerging from his Cocoon?

Laura Georgescu, Madalina Giurgea

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In this article we argue that the views that Francis Bacon and René Descartes held about the role of experiments in the process of discovery are closer than previously accepted. Looking at the way experiments and the heuristics of experimentation are embedded in Bacon's posthumous History of Dense and Rare and Descartes' Discourses 8, 9, 10 of the Meteorology, we will show that experiments help the investigator both in solving specific problems that could not have otherwise been foreseen and in generating relevant information that advances the scope of the investigation.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)158-180
Aantal pagina's23
TijdschriftEarly Science and Medicine
Nummer van het tijdschrift1-2
StatusPublished - 2012
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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