This is an ongoing live course (Oct. 2021 – Dec. 2022) of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.
If you want to understand the philosophical underpinnings of the scientific revolution, then you need to understand Francis Bacon (1561-1626). The aim of this course is to introduce you to Bacon’s epistemology and philosophy of science through a close and critical reading of his most important work, the New Organon. This work formulated a new method of induction and was a source of intellectual and spiritual inspiration for scientists such as Boyle, Hooke, Newton, and Darwin. As such, it is worthy of careful study. We will be studying Bacon from the perspective of Objectivism and thinking about the role that Baconian methodological ideas should or should not have in our own thinking.