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Natural history

Peter R. Anstey

in John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589777
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.003.0004
Natural history

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This chapter argues that, given our lack of epistemic access to the inner natures of substances, Locke believed that the correct method of natural philosophy is the construction of Baconian natural histories. The evidence adduced for this claim includes Locke's involvement with Robert Boyle's natural histories; his interest in travel literature; his lists of queries; his emphasis on natural histories of disease; and his various divisions of the sciences.

Keywords: Bacon; Boyle; disease; method; natural history; queries; Sydenham; travel literature

Chapter.  13545 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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