Bacon et la chimie. A propos de la réception de la philosophie naturelle de Francis Bacon aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

Abstract : According to the most part of historians, the reception of Bacon's natural philosophy shows its failure to restore sciences. Bacon was not read faithfully, because his natural philosophy did not grasp with the new science's canons. But such a reading of the history of baconism is only partial: it amounts to see Bacon's natural philosophy and its reception only in the light of the mathematical physics, and does not take in account the history of chemistry. On the contrary, the analysis of the way Boerhaave, a famous 18th century Dutch chemist, read Bacon and offered an image of Bacon as a chemist, which fits to baconism, furnishes evidence that Bacon actually belonged to the so called “Scientific Revolution”. But his participation has to be sought in chemistry, and not rational mechanics.
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Luc Peterschmitt. Bacon et la chimie. A propos de la réception de la philosophie naturelle de Francis Bacon aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.. Methodos : savoirs et textes, Savoirs textes langage - UMR 8163, 2005, 5 ("La subjectivité"), ⟨10.4000/methodos.385⟩. ⟨halshs-00276191⟩

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