Ideas from 'Preface to Great Instauration (Renewal)' by Francis Bacon [1620], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The New Organon' by Bacon,Francis (ed/tr Jardine,L/Silverthorne,M) [CUP 2000,0-521-56483-2]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 7. Despair over Philosophy
Philosophy is like a statue which is worshipped but never advances
                        Full Idea: Philosophy and the intellectual sciences stand like statues, worshipped and celebrated, but not moved or advanced.
                        From: Francis Bacon (Preface to Great Instauration (Renewal) [1620], Vol.4.14), quoted by Robert Fogelin - Walking the Tightrope of Reason Ch.5
                        A reaction: Still the view of most scientists, I suspect. Personally I disagree, because I think philosophy has made enormous advances, in accurate analysis of arguments. The trouble is there is so much of it that it is hard to discern, and we don't live long enough.
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 1. Perception
The senses deceive, but also show their own errors
                        Full Idea: It is certain that the senses deceive, but they also testify to their own errors.
                        From: Francis Bacon (Preface to Great Instauration (Renewal) [1620], p.32), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 22.1
                        A reaction: Nice. This is the empiricist view, rather than the rationalist line that reason sorts out the mess created by the senses. Most people know things if you just show them.
14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 3. Experiment
Nature is revealed when we put it under pressure rather than observe it
                        Full Idea: The secrets of nature reveal themselves more readily under the vexations of art than when they go their own way.
                        From: Francis Bacon (Preface to Great Instauration (Renewal) [1620], Vol.4.95), quoted by Robert Fogelin - Walking the Tightrope of Reason Ch.5
                        A reaction: This is a splendid slogan for the dawn of the age of science, and pinpoints the reason why we have advanced so much further than the Greeks. You can, of course, overdo the 'vexations of art'. It also justifies the critical approach to philosophy.