Why Bacon’s Method is not Certain

History of Philosophy Quarterly 16 (2):181 - 192 (1999)
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Abstract

Francis Bacon wrote of his method of eliminative induction that it was "a new and certain road for the mind to take" and that it would "establish degrees of certainty". I argue that Bacon's method is not certain in either of two different senses of "certain": (a) resulting in maximally justified conclusions or (b) being as secure as a deductively valid argument.

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Robert Lane
University of West Georgia

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