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Cosmology And Concepts Of Nature In Traditional China (2010)


For Chinese cosmologists, as well as their counterparts in most other pre-modern cultures, the key to understanding order in the universe was correlative thinking. This chapter concentrates on one of the simplest and most important types of correlative cosmology in China of the late Zhou and Han eras, namely correspondences between the macrocosm, particularly the astronomical heavens, and the political (and moral) microcosm of the imperial state. One advantage of focusing on this type of correlative cosmology in China is that it highlights Chinese views of one aspect of the natural world, the astronomical heavens. Astronomy, or at least observation of the heavens, served to anchor the rather fragile and fledgling political order of the Han dynasty in a celestial order that seemed to be constant, regular, and even eternal.

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Authors & Contributors
Hegesh, Noa
Cullen, Christopher
Wenan, Chen
Goldin, Paul R.
Tseng, Lillian Lan-ying
Tseng, Lan-ying
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Guangxi Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao
World Scientific Publishing Co.
Harvard University Asia Center
Cambridge University Press
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
East Asia, civilization and culture
Lunar eclipses
Solar eclipse
Fang, Jing
Liu Hong
Time Periods
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
Qin dynasty (China, 221-207 B.C.)
Shang dynasty (China, ca. 1766-1027 B.C.)
Jin Dynasty (China, 265-420)

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