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Concepts of nature : a Chinese-European cross-cultural perspective /
edited by Hans Ulrich Vogel and Günter Dux ; with an overview and introduction by Mark Elvin.
imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
description
xiii, 566 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004185267 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9789004185265 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
isbn
9004185267 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9789004185265 (hbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Papers from a conference on "Understanding nature in China and Europe until the eighteenth century : a cross-cultural project," held in Rheine, Westphalia, Germany, March 22-25, 2000.
catalogue key
7319761
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hans Ulrich Vogel, Ph.D. (1983) in Sinology, Zrich University is Professor of Chinese History and Society at Tbingen University. He has published mainly on the history of society, economy, science and technology in premodern china. Gnter Dux, Dr. iur., University of Bonn, is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Freiburg University; Germany. He has published mainly on the sociology of culture, sociology of social and cultural change and sociology of politics. Mark Elvin, Ph.D. (1968) in Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, is Professor Emeritus Chinese History at the Australian National University. He has published mainly on economic and environmental history as well as history of technology in China.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Connecting social structures to intellectual cultures and practices and promoting comparisons that are methodologically sound, the overall contribution of this important and intellectually exciting book is to initiate a much needed research program that promises to move the discussion beyond the shrill polarized positions orchestrated by the Orientalists and the Occidentalists." ZAHEER BABER, University of Toronto, Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie, 37:1 (2012)
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Summaries
Description for Reader
All those interested in history of science and technology, the history of philosophy, the history of ideas, as well as cross-cultural comparisons between China and the West.
Long Description
This book, inspired by the sociologist Günter Dux, co-edited by the historian Hans Ulrich Vogel, and introduced by Mark Elvin, is a collective intellectual masterpiece written by some of the world's leading scholars. Its purpose is to illuminate premodern Chinese ways of thinking about Nature by comparing them with their counterpart traditions in Europe. In so doing it also subtly reshapes our understanding of premodern European concepts of the natural world. The domains covered principally include philosophy, language, poetry, science, and mathematics, and their relations with society, technology, and politics. By analyzing the frequent partial similarities between these great two cultural areas in the context of their overall contrasts, it points the way for the first time to defining accurately the differences that have been critical for world history.
Main Description
This book, inspired by the sociologist Günter Dux, co-edited by the historian Hans Ulrich Vogel, and introduced by Mark Elvin, is a collective intellectual masterpiece written by some of the world's leading scholars. Its purpose is to illuminate premod
Main Description
This book, inspired by the sociologist Günter Dux, co-edited by the historian Hans Ulrich Vogel, and introduced by Mark Elvin, is a collective intellectual masterpiece written by some of the world s leading scholars. Its purpose is to illuminate premodern Chinese ways of thinking about Nature by comparing them with their counterpart traditions in Europe. In so doing it also subtly reshapes our understanding of premodern European concepts of the natural world. The domains covered principally include philosophy, language, poetry, science, and mathematics, and their relations with society, technology, and politics. By analyzing the frequent partial similarities between these great two cultural areas in the context of their overall contrasts, it points the way for the first time to defining accurately the differences that have been critical for world history.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
About This Book: Reconsidering A Theory Of Cultural Developmentp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Overviewp. 1
Introductionsp. 56
The Genesis Of Philosophy In The History Of Mind: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between Classical Greece And Chinap. 102
The Universe As Cosmos: On The Ontology Of The Greek World-Imagep. 136
The Notion Of Causality In Aristotle And The Medieval Philosophy Of Nature: A Developmental Approachp. 161
Cosmology And Concepts Of Nature In Traditional Chinap. 181
On Nature And Culture In Zhou Chinap. 198
Towards A Conceptual History Of Some Concepts Of Nature In Classical Chinese: Zì Rán &$$$; And Zì Rán Zhi Li &$$$;p. 220
Mathematics, Nature And Cosmological Inquiry In Traditional Chinap. 255
When Shen Gua Encountered The 'Natural World': A Preliminary Discussion On The Mengxi Bitan And The Concept Of Naturep. 285
Becoming Acquainted With Nature From The Odes: Sidelights On The Study Of The Flora And Fauna In Song Dynasty's Shijing &$$$; (Classic Of Odes) Scholarshipp. 310
Concepts Of Nature In Traditional Chinese Materia Medica And Botany (Sixteenth To Seventeenth Century)p. 345
The Investigation Of Things (GEWU &$$$;), Natural Studies (Gezhixue &$$$;), And Evidental Studies (Kaozhengxue &$$$;) In Late Imperial China, 1600-1800p. 368
Personal Luck: Why Premodern China-Probably-Did Not Develop Probalistic Thinkingp. 400
ôThat Which Soaks And Descends Becomes Saltyö: The Concept Of Nature In Traditional Chinese Salt Productionp. 469
The Myriad Things: Random Thoughts On Nature In China And The Westp. 516
On The Relationship Between Man And Nature In Chinap. 526
Indexp. 543
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