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Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is among the most vital figures of the early glossy period. His plan for clinical reform performed a relevant function within the delivery of the recent technology. The essays during this quantity supply a complete survey of his writings on technological know-how, together with his classifications of sciences, his idea of information and of types, his speculative philosophy, his suggestion of cooperative medical examine, and the providential elements of Baconian technology. There also are essays on Bacon's conception of rhetoric and heritage in addition to on his ethical and political philosophy and on his legacy.

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What remains to be done is more important that what had been done: "Nec refert quid factum fuerit, Illud videndum quid fieri potest" (111, 5 3 5 ). V DENIGRATIONS During our century two different negative appraisals centered on Bacon's philosophy. According to some neopositivists and many Popperian epistemologists, Francis Bacon was a model or a champion of what science has never been and will never be: a kind of knowledge obtained by observation, a process of accumulation of data, an illusory attempt to free the human mind from theories and presuppositions.

At his entry they were chatting easily among themselves but sitting in rows as if expecting somebody. Not long after there entered to them a man of peaceful and serene air, save that his face had become habituated to the expression of pity. . he took his seat, not on a platform or pulpit, but on level with the rest and delivered the following address . . (111, 55919 Bacon's portrait doubtless resembles Galileo or Einstein more than it does the turbulent Paracelsus or the unquiet and skittish Comelius Agrippa.

115; JVebster 1975, pp. 75, 337; Hacking 1983, p. 242; Cohen 1985, pp. 85, 150; Perez-Ramos 1988, p. 136. 14 Rossi 1970, pp. 157-60. Italian edition was published by Feltrinelli in 1962. 15 Rossi 1970, pp. 136-45. I z 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 16 17 18 19 zo 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Perez-Ramos 1988, p. 156. Rossi 1970, p. 148. Perez-Ramos 1988, pp. 48-62; 148, 150-6, and see his Chapter 4. Farrington 1949. Perez-Ramos 1988, p.

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