Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections Philosophical Perspectives on Greek and Chinese Science and Culture

Innbundet / 2004 / Engelsk

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9780199270163
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2004
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Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections Philosophical Perspectives on Greek and Chinese Science and Culture

Innbundet / 2004 / Engelsk
Geoffrey Lloyd engages in a wide-ranging exploration of what we can learn from the study of ancient civilisations that is relevant to fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that we still face today. How far is it possible to arrive at an understanding of alien systems of belief? Is it possible to talk meaningfully of 'science' and of its various constituent disciplines, 'astronomy', 'geography', 'anatomy', and so on, in the ancient world? Are logic and its laws universal? Is there one ontology - a single world - to which all attempts at understanding must be considered to be directed? When we encounter apparently very different views of reality, how far can that be put down to a difference in conceptions of what needs explaining, or of what counts as an explanation, or to different preferred modes of reasoning or styles of inquiry? Do the notions of truth and belief represent reliable cross-cultural universals? In another area, what can ancient history teach us about today's social and political problems? Are the discourses of human nature and of human rights universally applicable? What political institutions do we need to help secure equity and justice within nation states and between them? Lloyd sets out to answer all these questions, and to convince us that the science and culture of ancient Greece and China provide precious resources to advance modern debates.
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Uses a study of ancient Greek and Chinese science and culture to throw light on fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that range from the debate about realism and relativism in philosophy of science to doubts concerning the universal applicability of the discourse of human rights.
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1. Understanding Ancient Societies ; 2. Science in Ancient Civilizations? ; 3. Carving out Territories ; 4. A Common Logic ; 5. Searching for Truth ; 6. The Questionability of Belief ; 7. Styles of Inquiry and the Question of a Common Ontology ; 8. The Use and Abuse of Classification ; 9. For Example and Against ; 10. Universities: their Histories and Responsibilities ; 11. Human Nature and Human Rights ; 12. A Critique of Democracy ; Conclusion ; Glossary of Chinese and Greek Terms
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...goes far beyond his forays to date ... A bravura performance * R.A.H. King, The Classical Review *For readers interested in the differences between the Greeks and the Chinese in antiquity, Lloyd's book offers a rich pool of information and stimulating thoughts in chapters on those specific topics ... this is an excellent book that provides readers with much knowledge, information, and critical insights into the relevance of the ancient world, that of Greece and China in particular, to us in our modern concerns. * Ex/Change (A Publication of Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies *It is [the] ability to reframe specific problems in a wider perspective of learning, combined with an acuity in argumentation at once unpretentious, open-ended, lively and playful, yet adressing questions of great significance to humankind, past and present, which makes this book so very attractive. * Elisabeth Hsu, BJHS, Vol. 39/4 *
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Geoffrey Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge.
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ISBN13
9780199270163
Publisert
2004
Utgiver
Vendor
Oxford University Press
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
234
Vekt
394 gr
Høyde
225 mm
Bredde
145 mm
Tykkelse
17 mm
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