Chinese philosophy of science

… I’m trying to stay within Chinese philosophy of science (and maybe the history of Chinese philosophy of science), rather than bridging over into the spiritual (with a warning flag that Confucius, Mencius and Laozi get mentioned). To be complete, this direction leads to getting wrapped up with Mozi https://www.iep.utm.edu/mozi/

If I’m having to parse through scholars who have a deeper sense of nature of ecology, the references are strongly towards Laozi (over Confucius, who advised political leaders). However, this also leads to discussions of spirituality.

In China, the culture and science are linked strongly, in a similar way to how the contemporary/modern west is tied to The Enlightenment. I do see similarities between Classical Chinese Medicine and the empirical sciences associated with four bodily humours https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/shakespeare/fourhumors.html .

Another research project could be how much validity there is in the four humours … but Classical Chinese Medicine continues to be practiced today.

:speech_balloon: Reposted from https://chat.diglife.coop/openlearning/channels/systems-thinking on a thread around May 11, 2019.

Classical Chinese Medicine is well-described as Contextual Dyadic Thinking by Keekok Lee (2017), as an alternative to the explicit logic in Western Philosophy. https://ingbrief.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/contextual-dyadic-thinking-lee-2017/

In the references, Keekok Lee cites Russell Ackoff and Peter Checkland, so she’s well-read in systems thinking (that so few are). Even without that, she’s been a philosophy professor at U. Manchester in the UK, also writing about ecology for some years. https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=cdWG4EYAAAAJ

:speech_balloon: Reposted from https://chat.diglife.coop/openlearning/channels/systems-thinking on a thread around May 11, 2019.

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