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The very idea of modern science : Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle / Joseph Agassi.

By: Agassi, Joseph.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Boston studies in the philosophy and history of science: v. 298.Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2013Description: xvii, 315 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9789400753501 (alk. paper); 9400753500 (alk. paper); 9789400753518 (ebk.); 9400753519 (ebk.).Subject(s): Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626 | Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691 | Science -- Philosophy -- History | Science -- History | Science -- Early works to 1800 | Science -- Europe -- History -- 16th century | Science -- Europe -- History -- 17th century
Contents:
The riddle of Bacon -- Bacon's philosophy of discovery -- Ellis' major difficulty -- The function of the doctrine of prejudice -- Bacon on the origin of error and prejudice -- Prejudices of the senses -- Prejudices of opinions -- Bacon's influence -- Conclusion: the rise of the riddle of Bacon -- Philosophical background -- The social background of classical science -- The missing link between Bacon and the Royal Society -- Boyle in the eyes of posterity -- The inductive style -- Mechanism -- The new doctrine of prejudice.
Summary: This book is a study of the scientific revolution as a movement of amateur science. It describes the ideology of the amateur scientific societies as the philosophy of the Enlightenment Movement and their social structure and the way they made modern science such a magnificent institution. It also shows what was missing in the scientific organization of science and why it gave way to professional science in stages. In particular the book studies the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon and of the Hon. Robert Boyle to the rise of modern science. The philosophy of induction is notoriously problematic, yet its great asset is that it expressed the view of the Enlightenment Movement about science--Abstract-- Source other than Library of Congress.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 296-307) and name index.

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