This book resulted from a conference held in Germany in 2000 on the concept of “nature” in China and Europe before the eighteenth century. Edited by Günter Dux, a specialist of sociology and social philosophy, and by Hans Ulrich Vogel, a historian of Chinese sciences and techniques, the book includes fifteen contributions introduced by two preliminary articles by Mark Elvin, who in the last twenty years has contributed to opening up the field of Chinese environmental history. His first contribution is the overview for the book, which sets out the issues raised and sheds light on the different theories legitimating this type of project: cross-cultural in character, with well-known complexity. A theoretical framework grounded in recent biological, climatological, and psychological discoveries, as well as Dux's “historical-genetic theory of culture,” thus underlies the contributions, all of which aim to evaluate the varying...
Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective
Florence Bretelle-Establet is a researcher in SPHERE team (UMR 7219, CNRS and Université Paris Diderot). Since receiving her PhD in 1998, she has worked on the history of medicine in late imperial China. Author of La Santé en Chine du Sud, 1898–1928 (2002), she has published articles and book chapters on the history of medicine in the Far South of China and edited several books, notably Looking at It from Asia: The Processes That Shaped the Sources of History of Science (2010). From 2005 to 2015, with Romain Graziani, she was the chief editor of the journal Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident.
Florence Bretelle-Establet; Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 September 2016; 10 (3): 315–319. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-3442680
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