Hans-Georg Gadamer on Bacon - Dictionary of Arguments
Bacon, Francis/Gadamer: On the whole, one will have to follow the usual Bacon criticism and admit that Bacon's methodological proposals disappoint. They are all too vague and general, and have produced little when applied to
natural science, as we can see today.
Dialectics/GadamerVsBacon: It is true that this opponent of empty dialectical quibbles has himself remained deeply bound to the metaphysical tradition and its dialectical forms of argumentation, which he is fighting against. His goal of defeating nature by obeying it, the new attitude of attacking and conquering nature, all that has made him a champion of modern science, is only one programmatic side of his work, to which he has hardly contributed anything lasting.
Prejudice/Bacon: His real achievement lies rather in the fact that he comprehensively examines the prejudices that occupy the human mind and lead it away from the true knowledge of things, thus achieving a methodical self-purification of the mind that is more a disciplina than a methodology, Bacon's famous doctrine of "prejudices" has the purpose of making a methodical use of reason possible in the first place(1). >Prejudices/Bacon.
1. F. Bacon, Nov. Org. 38ff._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977