Dana Jalobeanu

Affiliation: 

University of Bucharest

Disciplining experience: Francis Bacon’s experimental series and the Baconian art of experimenting

Francis Bacon’s main contribution to the emergence of experimental philosophy was a new way of thinking about the serial character of experimental practices. He criticized the “blind and stupid” experimental practices of the empirics for the endless repetition of particular experiments, and for the random accumulation of experiments obtained “by slightly changing experiments already known.” On the other hand, Bacon was also very critical of the theory-driven exemplifications called “experiments” by the proponents of various forms of more traditional natural philosophy.