New Atlantis and The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon

By Francis Bacon

A completely revised creation, new editorial footnotes, and an up to date bibliography whole this revised variation of recent Atlantis and the good Instauration. awarded this is the normal nineteenth-century textual content of Bacon's works as annotated through Jerry Weinberger, editor. additionally integrated are an inventory of important dates within the lifetime of Francis Bacon and a word at the texts.

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For first, the logic ians borrow the pri nciples of ea ch science from the s cience itself; secondly, they hold in reveren ce the first notion s of the mind; and lastly, they receive as conclusive the immediate informations of the sense, when well disposed. Now upon the first point, I hold that true logic ought to enter the several provinces of science armed w ith a higher authority than belongs to th e principles of those sciences themselves, and ought to call those putative principles to account until they are fully established.

52 Imitation The Great Instauration 27 Then an attempt is made to m end the m atter by a pr eposterous subtlety and winnowing of arg ument. But this comes too late, the case being already past remedy; and is far from setting the business right or sifting away the errors. The only hope therefore of an y greater increase or progress lies in a reconstruction of the sciences. Of this reconstruction the foun dation must be laid in natural history, and that of a new kind and gathered on a new principle.

For in like manner the sciences to which we are accus tomed have cer tain general positions which are specious and flatter ing; but as soon as t hey come to particulars, which are as the parts of generation, when they should produce fruit and works, then arise contentions and barking disputations, which are the end of the matter and all the issue they can yield. Observe also, that if sciences of this kind had an y life in them, that could never have come to pass which has been th e case now for man y ages—that they stand almost at a stay ,17 without receiving any augmentations worthy of the human race; insomuch that many times not only what was asserted once is asserted still, but what was a question once is a question still, and instead of being resolved by discussion is only fixed and fed; and all the tradition and succession of sc hools is stil l a succession of masters and scho lars, not of inventors and those who bring to further perfection the things invented.

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