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

Heftet / 2006 / Engelsk

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9780199288700
Publisert
2006
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Clarendon Press
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06, P
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Engelsk
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236
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307 gr
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216 mm
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140 mm
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15 mm
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Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections Philosophical Perspectives on Greek and Chinese Science and Culture

Heftet / 2006 / 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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Using a study of ancient Greek and Chinese science and culture, this book throws light on fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral. The issues 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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Review from previous edition Lloyd's work is one of those rare studies that brings together the various debates of the East-West dialogue without favouring one side. * Quadrant *
Geoffrey Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge.
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ISBN13
9780199288700
Publisert
2006
Utgiver
Vendor
Clarendon Press
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Sider
236
Vekt
307 gr
Høyde
216 mm
Bredde
140 mm
Tykkelse
15 mm
Se alle
Forfatter