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Hypotheses and analogy

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/9780199589777.003.0005
Hypotheses and analogy

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This chapter argues that Locke believed hypotheses and analogical reasoning play a minor role in natural philosophical method and that this view is consistent with that of the proponents of the Experimental Philosophy. This is illustrated by his discussions of the acid and alkali theory of matter and by his correspondence with Thomas Molyneux.

Keywords: acid and alkali; analogy; Blackmore; Boyle; Experimental Philosophy; Hooke; hypothesis; Molyneux

Chapter.  10405 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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