Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 2, History of Scientific Thought

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 2, History of Scientific Thought

by Joseph Needham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521058007

ISBN-13: 9780521058001

Pub. Date: 01/03/1956

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The second volume of Dr Joseph Needham's great work Science and Civilisation in China is devoted to the history of scientific thought. Beginning with ancient times, it describes the Confucian milieu in which arose the organic naturalism of the great Taoist school, the scientific philosophy of the Mohists and Logicians, and the quantitative materialism of the Legalists…  See more details below

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The second volume of Dr Joseph Needham's great work Science and Civilisation in China is devoted to the history of scientific thought. Beginning with ancient times, it describes the Confucian milieu in which arose the organic naturalism of the great Taoist school, the scientific philosophy of the Mohists and Logicians, and the quantitative materialism of the Legalists. Thus we are brought on to the fundamental ideas which dominated scientific thinking in the Chinese middle ages. The author opens his discussion by considering the remote and pictographic origins of words fundamental in scientific discourse, and then sets forth the influential doctrines of the Two Forces and the Five Elements. Subsequently he writes of the important sceptical tradition, the effects of Buddhist thought, and the Neo-Confucian climax of Chinese naturalism. Last comes a discussion of the conception of Laws of Nature in China and the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521058001
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/03/1956
Series:
Science and Civilisation in China Series
Pages:
722
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 11.81(h) x 2.05(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; List of abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Author's note; 8. Introduction; 9. The Ju Chia (Confucians) and Confucianism; 10. The Tao Chia (Taoists) and Taoism; 11. The Mo Chia (Mohists) and the Ming Chia (Logicians); 12. The fundamental ideas of Chinese science; 14. The Pseudo-Sciences and the sceptical tradition; 15. Buddhist thought; 16. Chin and Thang Taoists, and Sung Neo-Confucians; 17. Sung and Ming idealists, and the last great figures of indigenous naturalism; 18. Human law and the laws of nature in China and the West; Bibliographies; General index.

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