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Adversaries and Authorities Investigations into Ancient Greek and Chinese Science

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ISBN-10: 0521556953

ISBN-13: 9780521556958

Edition: 1996

Authors: G. E. R. Lloyd, Lorraine Daston, Dorothy Ross, Quentin Skinner, James Tully

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This is a wide-ranging exploration of the similarities and differences between ancient Greek and ancient Chinese science and philosophy, concentrating on the period down to AD 300. Professor Lloyd studies such questions as the attitudes towards authority, the practice of confrontational debate, the role of methodological inquiries, the development of techniques of persuasion, the assumptions made about causal explanation and the focus of interest in the study of the heavens and in that of the human body. In each case the Greek and Chinese ways of posing the problems are carefully distinguished to avoid applying either Greek categories to Chinese thought or vice versa. Professor Lloyd shows…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/26/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Comparative studies and their problems: methodological preliminaries
Adversaries and authorities
Methodology, epistemology and their uses
The techniques of persuasion
Causes and correlations
Greek and Chinese dichotomies revisited
Finite and infinite in Greece and China
Heavenly harmonies
The politics of the body
Science in antiquity: the Greek and Chinese cases and their relevance to the problems of culture and cognition
Glossary of Chinese and Greek terms