Essay The Invention Of The Scientific Revolution

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The emergence of the Scientific Revolution in the mid 16th century featured a new emphasis on sense as early scientists began to qualify nature according to what they learned through experimentation and observation. Moreover, many have also correlated the rise of the scientific method with the growth of humanism and humanists’ emphasis on the individual and reason. However, as the Baconian method reduced the human to a series of basic and instinctual senses, the Scientific Revolution demonstrated a newfound mistrust in human reasoning. For example, with the emergence of botanical gardens, scientists and observers began constructing microcosms of nature that established the human as a spectator rather than participant. Furthermore, as scientists rejected Aristotelian logic and deduction, theories about the natural world had to include evidence and sources outside of the human mind. For scientific thought and knowledge of the natural world to progress, humans therefore had to see themselves as a part of nature rather than at the centre of it. Through a new emphasis on sensory observation and the rejection of old scholastic philosophers, the Scientific Revolution thus engendered mistrust in human reason and attempted to construct a natural world that transcended human involvement. Scientists’ new preference for the Baconian Method and induction particularly demonstrated this alienation of human reasoning. While scholastic philosophers had previously relied on…

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