3 Natural history
- John Locke and Natural Philosophy
- Oxford University Press
This chapter argues that, given our lack of epistemic access to the inner natures of substances, Locke believed that the correct method of natural philosophy is the construction of Baconian natural histories. The evidence adduced for this claim includes Locke's involvement with Robert Boyle's natural histories; his interest in travel literature; his lists of queries; his emphasis on natural histories of disease; and his various divisions of the sciences.
Bacon, Boyle, disease, method, natural history, queries, Sydenham, travel literature
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