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Technical Knowledge And The Advancement Of Learning: Some Questions About ‘Perfectibility’ And ‘Invention’

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Enthusiasm for technical know how must be seen as a competence advantage for the artisans, and explicitly that was highly cherished by Francis Bacon. Nevertheless it took a long time until the collaboration between the artisans and the new methods of scientia operativa could establish a modern theory ? practice ? pattern. For Bacon ?Historie Mechanical? is ?the most radicall, and fundamentall towards Naturall Philosophie?, since it does not care for vain speculations, but for the products of artisans in their workshops. The problem of secrets in nature had been still relevant in the transitional period from the 16th to the 17th century, which led up to early modern new philosophy. Bacon?s development of his idea of nature and ?the occult? covers a long period, which reaches from 1603 to the ?quinquennium?, the noble last five years.

Keywords: artisans; early modern new philosophy; enthusiasm; Francis Bacon; occult; scientia operativa; secrets in nature; workshops

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