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Adversaries and Authorities

Adversaries and Authorities
Investigations into Ancient Greek and Chinese Science


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  • Date Published: August 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556958

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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 that the science produced in each ancient civilisation differs in important respects and relates those differences to the values and social institutions in question.

    • The author is one of the very few able to read the ancient Greek and Chinese sources in the original and produce this comparative study
    • This analysis goes beyond the researches of Joseph Needham by building on his work and employing a more sophisticated methodology
    • A completely original book that will be read by students of Chinese society as well as by classicists
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    'It is in fact a comparison of ancient Greek and ancient Chinese science and philosophy. This is an important subject [and] … this is a book which everyone interested in anceint philosophy and science must read. Let us hope that Lloyd goes on to write many others on the same theme.' Greece and Rome

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556958
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Comparative studies and their problems: methodological preliminaries
    2. Adversaries and authorities
    3. Methodology, epistemology and their uses
    4. The techniques of persuasion
    5. Causes and correlations
    6. Greek and Chinese dichotomies revisited
    7. Finite and infinite in Greece and China
    8. Heavenly harmonies
    9. The politics of the body
    10. Science in antiquity: the Greek and Chinese cases and their relevance to the problems of culture and cognition
    Glossary of Chinese and Greek terms

  • Author

    G. E. R. Lloyd, University of Cambridge

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