Why Bacon’s Method is not Certain

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