Article ID: CBB000952307

The Taoist Technological View and Its Implications for Modern Science and Technology (2008)


Hu, Hua-kai (Author)

Journal of Dialectics of Nature
Volume: 30, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 75-80

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: [Translated title.] In Chinese.
Language: Chinese

The Taoist in the Pre-Qin Period(in ancient cnia ) has a negative attitude towards the technological inventions and applications. Here we systematically analyze the thought connotations and knowledge foundations of the Taoist technological view, and discuss its implications for the development of modern science and technology. We suggest that the negative attitude of the Taoist towards the technological civilization is based epistemologically on the philosophical ideology of Tao follows the natural waysand the political advocacy of governing by doing nothing. The Taoist technological view has significant historical limitations, but the thought is inspirational for rationally regulating the development of the civilization of science and technology.


Description On pre-Qin-Dynasty Taoist views on technology. [Citation contributed by Duan Yaoyong.]

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Authors & Contributors
Yuanzhi Li
Yongjun Cho
Derui Tan
Jun Wenren
Fangtao Zhang
Mingwu Zhang
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Guangxi Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao
Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in Dialectics of Nature
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
East Asia, civilization and culture
Iron and steel
Needham, Joseph
Mo, Di
Chang, Jolan
Time Periods
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Qin dynasty (China, 221-207 B.C.)
Shang dynasty (China, ca. 1766-1027 B.C.)
Yellow River (China)

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