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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

02 October 2019
Roel Sterckx interviewed in "The Diplomat" by Catherine Putz.

The image of China as a uniform giant either as sleeping, restless, or rising frames much of how the Western world views China. Roel Sterckx, Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization at the University of Cambridge, aims to introduce the breadth of Chinese thought as rooted in its own distinct philosophical traditions to readers with his latest book, Ways of Heaven. An Introduction to Chinese Thought. Rather than treat Chinese “thought” as a stereotype, Sterckx lays out the roots of Chinese philosophy with more complexity than it’s often given. In an interview with The Diplomat’s Catherine Putz, Sterckx explains why it’s important to delve deeper into Chinese history to understand contemporary Beijing.