Dissertation, Stanford University (2006)

John P. McCaskey
Fordham University
A revisionist account of how philosophical induction was conceived in the ancient world and how that conception was transmitted, altered, and then rediscovered. I show how philosophers of late antiquity and then the medieval period came step-by-step to seriously misunderstand Aristotle’s view of induction and how that mistake was reversed by humanists in the Renaissance and then especially by Francis Bacon. I show, naturally enough then, that in early modern science, Baconians were Aristotelians and Aristotelians were Baconians.
Keywords Induction  Francis Bacon
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Epistemology of the Sciences.Nicholas Jardine - 1988 - In Charles B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner & Eckhard Kessler (eds.), The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 685--711.
Aristoteles latinus.Bernard G. Dod - 1982 - In Norman Kretzmann, Anthony Kenny & Jan Pinborg (eds.), Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 45--79.
Aristotelian Induction.Jaakko Hintikka - 1980 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 34 (3):422.
Induction Before Hume.J. R. Milton - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (1):49-74.

View all 36 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Induction in the Socratic Tradition.John P. McCaskey - 2014 - In Louis F. Groarke & Paolo C. Biondi (eds.), Shifting the Paradigm: Alternative Perspectives on Induction. De Gruyter. pp. 161-192.
Francis Bacon.David Simpson - 2003 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Why Bacon’s Method is Not Certain.Robert Lane - 1999 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 16 (2):181 - 192.
Crucial Instances and Francis Bacon’s Quest for Certainty.Schwartz Daniel - 2017 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 7 (1):130-150.
Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy (Review).Alan Stewart - 2002 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 40 (4):542-543.
„Ars inveniendi” bij Francis Bacon.C. A. Van Peursen - 1989 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 51 (3):486-516.
The Divine Fire of Francis Bacon.John Charles Duffield - 1992 - Dissertation, University of Kansas
L'induction des Notions Chez Francis Bacon in Bacon.M. Malherbe - 1986 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 40 (159):427-445.
Reviving Material Theories of Induction.John P. McCaskey - 2020 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 83:1–7.


Added to PP index

Total views
99 ( #116,712 of 2,499,037 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
19 ( #44,617 of 2,499,037 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes