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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

03 December 2019
When you read texts from early China, stretching across a thousand-year period from the ninth century BC into the second century, two principles of nature stand out. First, the Chinese emphasize that everything in the natural world is interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent.Secondly, the Chinese did not isolate nature as a disconnected and purely biophysical world (as the scholar or scientist would do in the study or laboratory).


In this "Roundtable" article in Lapham's Quartey, Prof. Roel Sterckx, Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization, expands on these Ancient Chinese views of the balance between the human and natural worlds.