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Is There an Idea of Laws of Nature in Chinese Classical Texts?

Guo, Bixin (2024) Is There an Idea of Laws of Nature in Chinese Classical Texts? [Preprint]

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Laws of nature are often considered to have played a crucial role in the development of modern science and continue to attract discussions in contemporary philosophy. Is there a similar idea developed in Chinese traditions? Despite its evident significance, there has not been much discussion on this question since Needham (1951) and Bodde (1979). Needham’s answer is no, and Bodde largely agrees with him. In this paper, by examining Chinese classical texts, I argue that there is an idea of laws of nature, embodied by two notions, dao 道 and li 理.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Guo, Bixinbig15@pitt.edu
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Bixin Guo
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 20:53
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 20:53
Item ID: 22902
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 2024
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22902

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