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Disciplining experience: Francis Bacon's experimental series and the art of experimenting

Jalobeanu, Dana (2016) Disciplining experience: Francis Bacon's experimental series and the art of experimenting. [Preprint]

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This article is an investigation into the rationale and the structure of order of Francis Bacon’s natural and experimental histories. My aim is to show that these natural histories are mainly composed of experimental series, i.e. methodologically organized recordings of experimental inquiries. Bacon’s experimental series have a double purpose: heuristic and pedagogical. They direct and encode the “good” experimental practices, while also teaching the neophyte how to become a Baconian experimenter. In this article, I discuss the key elements of Bacon’s methodology of experimentation which play an essential role in the generation of experimental series.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Jalobeanu, Danadana.jalobeanu@celfis.ro
Keywords: Francis Bacon, experiments, Sylva Sylvarum, natural and experimental histories, experientia literata
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: dr Dana Jalobeanu
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2016 15:16
Item ID: 12319
Official URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/PO...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1162/POSC_a_00209
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Date: 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12319

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