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Ordering knowledge by methodical doubt: Francis Bacon's constructive scepticism

Montuschi, Eleonora (2012) Ordering knowledge by methodical doubt: Francis Bacon's constructive scepticism. Order: God's, Man's and Nature's: Discussion Paper. Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Methodical doubt is usually associated with Descartes. However, it is with Francis Bacon that its function and scope are first recognized – as a preliminary stage in the attainment of knowledge, and as an epistemological tool (a rule) for achieving true knowledge. In this paper, I follow the various steps of construction and use of Baconian doubt as it appears in the first book of the New Organon. I will argue that Bacon - in distancing himself from traditional scepticism – will come to conceive methodical doubt not only as a procedure for renovating knowledge, but more specifically as a prescriptive condition for identifying what 'mind' is required to pursue the aim of renovating knowledge.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 10:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:59
Projects: CPNSS Order Project

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