Bacon’s notion of an operational natural philosophy took its lead from the kinds of natural philosophy taught in the schools. Bacon attempted a radical reformation of natural philosophy, but it was still a reformation rather than a completely different enterprise. This fact might suggest that the scope for rethinking the study of nature was severely restricted — as indeed it was. But natural philosophy was not the only model provided by learned culture for the study of nature. There were other relevant areas of inquiry too, areas that could be turned to account by people dissatisfied by (or uninterested in) the enterprise of the physicists.
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