Bacon's inductive method and material form

Translated title of the contribution: Bacon's inductive method and material form

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This paper contends that Bacon's inductive method depends crucially on his general account of matter. I argue that Bacon develops a dynamic form of corpuscularianism, according to which aggregates of corpuscles undergo patterns of change that derive from active inclinations and appetites. The paper claims that Bacon's corpuscularianism provides him with a theory of material form that enables him to theorize bodily change and possible material transformations. The point of natural histories and experiments is then to find the processes of corpuscular change that correlate with making present or making absent simple natures.

Translated title of the contributionBacon's inductive method and material form
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalEpistemology and Philosophy of Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Corpuscularianism
  • Early modern science
  • Francis Bacon
  • Induction
  • Material form

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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