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Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective
     

Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Hans Ulrich Vogel, Günter Dux, Mark Elvin
 

ISBN-10: 9004185267

ISBN-13: 9789004185265

Pub. Date: 08/13/2010

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004185265
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/13/2010
Series:
Conceptual History and Chinese Linguistics Series , #1
Pages:
566
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Hans Ulrich Vogel vii

About This Book: Reconsidering A Theory Of Cultural Development Günter Dux ix

List of Contributors xi

Overview Mark Elvin 1

Introductions Mark Elvin 56

The Genesis Of Philosophy In The History Of Mind: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between Classical Greece And China Günter Dux 102

The Universe As Cosmos: On The Ontology Of The Greek World-Image Julián Pacho 136

The Notion Of Causality In Aristotle And The Medieval Philosophy Of Nature: A Developmental Approach Ulrich Wenzel 161

Cosmology And Concepts Of Nature In Traditional China John B. Henderson 181

On Nature And Culture In Zhou China Heiner Roetz 198

Towards A Conceptual History Of Some Concepts Of Nature In Classical Chinese: Zì Rán &$$$; And Zì Rán Zhi Li &$$$; Christoph Harbsmeier 220

Mathematics, Nature And Cosmological Inquiry In Traditional China Karine Chemla 255

When Shen Gua Encountered The 'Natural World': A Preliminary Discussion On The Mengxi Bitan And The Concept Of Nature Fu Daiwie 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) Scholarship Achim Mittag 310

Concepts Of Nature In Traditional Chinese Materia Medica And Botany (Sixteenth To Seventeenth Century) Georges Métailié 345

The Investigation Of Things (GEWU &$$$;), Natural Studies (Gezhixue &$$$;), And Evidental Studies (Kaozhengxue &$$$;) In Late Imperial China, 1600-1800 Benjamin A. Elman 368

Personal Luck: Why Premodern China-Probably-Did Not Develop Probalistic Thinking Mark Elvin 400

"That Which Soaks And Descends Becomes Salty": The Concept Of Nature In Traditional Chinese Salt Production Hans Ulrich Vogel 469

The Myriad Things: Random Thoughts On Nature In China And The West Wolfgang Kubin 516

On The Relationship Between Man And Nature In China Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer 526

Index 543

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