Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine

Author: Marta Hanson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136816429
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"This book is the biography of a Chinese disease. Born in antiquity and reaching maturity during the epidemics that swept China during the seventeenth-century collapse of the Ming dynasty, the ancient notion of wenbing Warm diseases continued to play a role even in the response of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the outbreak of SARS in 2002-3. By following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times this book approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. It explores the possibility of replacing older narratives that stress progress and linear development with accounts that pay attention to geographic, intellectual, and cultural diversity. By doing so it integrates the history of Chinese medicine into broader historical studies in a way that has not so far been attempted, and addresses the concerns of a readership much wider than that of Chinese medicine specialists"--Provided by publisher.

Health and Hygiene in Chinese East Asia

Author: Angela Ki Che Leung
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822348268
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Examines the intersections of power, culture and science that went into the struggle to overcome disease and improve people's health in Chinese regions of 20th century East Asia.

Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics

Author: Jiri Hudecek
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134468253
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Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst simultaneously seeking to preserve China’s independence and historically formed identity. Over time, Chinese philosophers, writers, artists and politicians have all sought to reconcile these goals and this book shows how this search for a Chinese way penetrated even the most central, least contested area of modernity: science. Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics is a study of the life of one of modern China’s most admired scientific figures, the mathematician Wu Wen-Tsun. Negotiating the conflict between progress and tradition, he found a path that not only ensured his political and personal survival, but which also brought him renown as a mathematician of international status who claimed that he stood outside the dominant western tradition of mathematics. Wu Wen-Tsun’s story highlights crucial developments and contradictions in twentieth -century China, the significance of which extends far beyond the field of mathematics. On one hand lies the appeal of radical scientific modernity, "mechanisation" in all its forms, and competitiveness within the international scientific community. On the other is an anxiety to preserve national traditions and make them part of the modernisation project. Moreover, Wu’s intellectual development also reflects the complex relationship between science and Maoist ideology, because his turn to history was powered by his internalisation of certain aspects of Maoist ideology, including its utilitarian philosophy of science. This book traces how Wu managed to combine political success and international scientific eminence, a story that has wider implications for a new century of increasing Chinese activity in the sciences. As such, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese history, the history of science and the history and philosophy of mathematics.

Health Care in Eleventh Century China

Author: Nathan Sivin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319204270
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By examining all the prevalent varieties of therapy from self-care to religious ritual, this book explores health care practices in China, before modern times. In ancient China most people were unable to afford a doctor, even in the unlikely case that one lived near their village and was willing to treat peasants. What did they do when their children got sick? The answer is to be found in this book, which goes far beyond the history of medicine. The author uses methods of medical anthropology to explain the curative roles of popular religion, Daoism, Buddhism and the therapeutic rites performed by imperial officials. Readers will discover the steady interaction of religious healing and classical medicine in this culture. This highly readable book builds on over forty years of study and analysis of early liturgical and medical writings and a wide variety of other sources. Its focus on the eleventh century throws new light on a period of rapid transition in many aspects of therapy and it will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.

Selbstbehauptungsdiskurse in Asien China Japan Korea

Author: Iwo Amelung
Publisher: IUDICIUM Verlag
ISBN: 3891298455
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Tendenzen zur Behauptung oder Rückgewinnung eigener Identität haben in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten in Ostasien und anderen Regionen der Welt erneut an Bedeutung und Präsenz gewonnen. Eigene "Werte", Denk- und Handlungsweisen sollen wieder stärker zu prägenden Faktoren von Lebensstil und Lebensformen werden und auch in Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur und Erziehung vermehrt Ausdruck finden, so wird in öffentlichen Debatten gefordert - zumeist in Abgrenzung zum "Westen" und bei gleichzeitiger Anlehnung an von dort entliehene Begrifflichkeiten und Argumentationsstrategien. Sich dem vielschichtigen Phänomen solcher Selbstbehauptungsdiskurse interdisziplinär und im Dialog mit Wissenschaftlern aus der Region anzunähern, ist das Ziel einer Symposienreihe, die vom Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ), dem Lehrstuhl für Sinologie der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg und dem Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Ôsaka initiiert worden ist. In diesem Band wird eine Auswahl der Beiträge der ersten beiden Symposien, die in den Jahren 2000 und 2001 in Tôkyô und in Seoul abgehalten wurden, zusammengeführt.


Author: Giorgio Agamben
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104035822
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In diesem vorletzten Band der ›Homo-Sacer‹-Reihe untersucht der weltweit bekannte und renommierte Philosoph Giorgio Agamben den Bürgerkrieg als politisches Paradigma. Zwei zentrale Momente der Geistesgeschichte stehen dabei im Mittelpunkt: Im ersten Teil widmet er sich dem griechischen Begriff der »stasis«, der die Spaltung der polis in rivalisierende, gewalttätige Gruppen bezeichnet, während er im zweiten Teil eine furiose Interpretation von Hobbes' ›Leviathan‹ und dessen berühmtem Frontispiz vorlegt, und zwar aus theologischer Perspektive. Eine spannende und wichtige Diskussion eines Begriffs, der sich für das politische, philosophische und juridische Denken als zentral erweist.

Des Angelus Silesius Cherubinischer Wandersmann

Author: W. B?lsche
Publisher: Рипол Классик
ISBN: 5883040276
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Des Angelus Silesius Cherubinischer Wandersmann. Nach der Ausgabe letzter Hand von 1675 vollst?ndig herausgegeben und mit einer Studie "?ber den Wert der Mystik f?r unsere Zeit".