Scientific Methodologies in Medieval Islam

@article{McGinnis2003ScientificMI,
  title={Scientific Methodologies in Medieval Islam},
  author={Jon McGinnis},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  year={2003},
  volume={41},
  pages={307 - 327}
}
  • J. McGinnis
  • Published 25 June 2003
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Philosophy
The present study considers Ibn Sînâ's (Lat. Avicenna) account of induction (istiqra') and experimentation (tajriba). For Ibn Sînâ induction purportedly provided the absolute, necessary and certain first principles of a science. Ibn Sînâ criticized induction, arguing that it can neither guarantee the necessity nor provide the primitiveness required of first principles. In it place, Ibn Sînâ developed a theory of experimentation, which avoids the pitfalls of induction by not providing absolute… 

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