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Heritage of ChinaContemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization$
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Paul Ropp

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064409

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064409.001.0001

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Women, Marriage, and the Family in Chinese History

Women, Marriage, and the Family in Chinese History

(p.197) Eight Women, Marriage, and the Family in Chinese History
Heritage of China

Paul S. Ropp

University of California Press

This chapter discusses both the uniqueness and the relative modernity of the scientific revolution that marked a radical break even with earlier Western scientific traditions. In both China and Europe before modern times, science and technology went their own ways. The Chinese sciences were able to attain a high standard without the overarching structure of natural philosophy that subsumed science in Europe and without the naive claims to universal knowledge that modern positivists have sometimes attempted to read back into the Western tradition. China's recent policies for technological development have made unique demands for adaptation on the part of the whole scientific sector of society, which until a couple of decades ago was considered quintessentially Western. The achievements of China's ancient science and technology prove that the Chinese people have the ability needed to occupy their rightful place among the world's peoples.

Keywords:   Chinese sciences, medicine, China, technology, Europe, natural philosophy

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