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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (1) : 39-57
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Chinese Religiosity and Chinese Science of Nature
XIE Wenyu()
Center for Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies, School of Philosophy and Sociology, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
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Fung Yu-lan has suggested that Chinese philosophers have been unreceptive to modern science. This suggestion, however, has not been substantiated. This essay is an attempt to provide a justification of Fung’s assertion through an existential analysis of the Chinese concepts of nature. The essay will examine Chinese existential concerns prevailing in Daoism and Confucianism, and these systems’ distaste for the type of scientific study which has become prevalent in the modern world. I also intend to defend the claim that the ultimate concern of the Zhuangzi and the Zhongyong is completely contrary to the one that sustains modern science. A brief comparative discussion between Xu Guangqi and Galileo Galilei will be used to support this claim. My discussion will raise the contention that, to have a better understanding of the development of modern science in China, we have to understand the attitude toward religion that has underpinned modern science.

Keywords religiosity      existential analysis      Chinese science      modern science     
Issue Date: 16 May 2014
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XIE Wenyu. Chinese Religiosity and Chinese Science of Nature[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2014, 9(1): 39-57.
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