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 B - Bacon, Francis


Francis Bacon: English statesman and philosopher, 1561-1626, founder inductive logic. Also claimed by some to be the author of Shakespeare's works.

He started as a lawyer, statesman and author but, living during the English Renaissance, revolted against Aristotelism and Scholastic logic, and proposed an inductive method to discover truth, that was based on empirical observation and verification of hypotheses.

He did not arrive at a precise system of his own, and the best statement of what he may have had in mind are probably Mill's methods, first articulated in the 19th Century.


See also: Induction, Mill's methods



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