Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 7, the Social Background, Part 1, Language and Logic in Traditional China: Vol. 7, pt. 1

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 7, the Social Background, Part 1, Language and Logic in Traditional China: Vol. 7, pt. 1

By (author) Joseph Needham , By (author) Christoph Harbsmeier , Foreword by Joseph Needham

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Science and Civilisation in China Volume 7 Part 1 is the first book in the final volume of this unique resource. The Chinese culture is the only culture in the world which has developed systematic logical definitions and reflections on its own and on the basis of a non-Indo-European language. Christoph Harbsmeier discusses the basic features of the classical Chinese language which made it a suitable medium for science in ancient China, and he discusses in detail a wide range of abstract concepts which are crucial for the development of scientific discourse. There is special emphasis on the conceptual history of logical terminology in ancient China, and on traditional Chinese views on their own language. Finally the book provides an overview of the development of logical reflection in ancient China, first in terms of the forms of arguments that were deployed in ancient Chinese texts, and then in terms of ancient Chinese theoretical concerns with logical matters.

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  • Hardback | 504 pages
  • 182.88 x 248.92 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
  • 13 Mar 1998
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English, Chinese
  • bibliography, index
  • 052157143X
  • 9780521571432
  • 1,070,778

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"Joseph Needham's masterpiece, chronicling the scientific and technical achievements of the world's oldest continuous civilization, has by now illuminated almost every aspect of the intellectual history of East Asia." David Wright, Isis "This latest volume in the monumental series Science and Civilisation in China is singular. Unlike its companion volumes, it treats not the history of science but the comparitive history of the foundations of science in language and logic." China Review International "[An] astonishing and enduring study...[Needham brings] depth of emotion and technical finesse to his task." Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books "Perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man." Laurence Picken, Cambridge University

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