Nineteenth Century Philosophy

William Whewell

How did William Whewell describe the method of science?

In his 1837 book, History of the Inductive Sciences, Whewell described scientific methodology as a three-part process, beginning with a “prelude” of isolated facts, progressing toward laws or generalizations, and culminating in “colligation” by scientists during an “inductive epoch” in which a theory is created. The last stage is a “sequel” in which the theory is refined and applied to new facts.


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