Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 7, the Social Background, Part 1, Language and Logic in Traditional China (Hardback)(Chinese / English)
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Short Description for Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 7, the Social Background, Part 1, Language and Logic in Traditional China The first systematic survey of the conceptual history of basic logical terminology in ancient China.
- Published: 01 March 1998
- Format: Hardback 504 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521571432 ISBN 10: 052157143X
- Sales rank: 850,074
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Full description for Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 7, the Social Background, Part 1, Language and Logic in Traditional China
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.