Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Very Idea of Modern Science

Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle

Authors: agassi, joseph

  • New explanation of the contribution of the scientific societies of the classical era  
  • Gives a comprehensive account of ideology of the amateur scientific societies  
  • Thesis written by one of Karl Popper's students ​
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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. This explains the ambivalence that we still exhibit towards Sir Francis Bacon whose radicalism and vision of pure and applied science still a major aspect of the fabric of society. Finally, the book discusses Boyle’s philosophy, his agreement with and dissent from Bacon and the way he single-handedly trained a crowd of poorly educated English aristocrats and rendered them into an army of able amateur researchers.

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“This detailed study delves into the complexity of the dawn of modern science by considering the interplay between ideology, methodology, metaphysics, and historiography. … The Very Idea of Modern Science is the result of remarkable interdisciplinary erudition and depth. … Bringing a new socio-philosophical dimension to light, it is a must for historians of early modern science and is recommended to scholars and lay readers interested in better understanding the context of modern science.” (Michael Segre, Isis, Vol. 107 (1), March, 2016)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Very Idea of Modern Science
Book Subtitle
Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
298
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5351-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5351-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5350-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9775-8
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 318
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