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The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China

Schäfer, Dagmar

Editore: University Of Chicago Press, 2015
ISBN 10: 022627280X / ISBN 13: 9780226272801
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Titolo: The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge...

Casa editrice: University Of Chicago Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2015

Legatura: Soft cover

Condizione libro: New

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "When it was first rediscovered in Japan early last century, modernist Japanese, Chinese, and Euro-American scholars hastily assimilated Song Yingxing's Tiangong kaiwu to the accruing literature on the allegedly ill-fated history of science and technology in late imperial China. They framed an overdetermined view of Song's accomplishments in light of the failure of China to develop 'modern science.' This simple-minded teleology has now been challenged by Dagmar Schfer. Schfer contextualizes Song's so-called magnum opus by placing this longest and most prominent of Song's works alongside his other writings, and reenacts for us the culturally embedded practices that informed Song Yingxing's career of knowledge-making in a time of precocious commercialization and commoditization in Ming China.". Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_022627280X

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The last decades of the Ming dynasty, though plagued by chaos and destruction, saw a significant increase of publications that examined advances in knowledge and technology. Among the numerous guides and reference books that appeared during this period was a series of texts by Song Yingxing (1587?1666?), a minor local official living in southern China. His Tiangong kaiwu, the longest and most prominent of these works, documents the extraction and processing of raw materials and the manufacture of goods essential to everyday life, from yeast and wine to paper and ink to boats, carts, and firearms.

            
In The Crafting of the 10,000 Things, Dagmar Schäfer probes this fascinating text and the legacy of its author to shed new light on the development of scientific thinking in China, the purpose of technical writing, and its role in and effects on Chinese history. Meticulously unfolding the layers of Song?s personal and cultural life, Schäfer chronicles the factors that motivated Song to transform practical knowledge into written culture. She then examines how Song gained, assessed, and ultimately presented knowledge, and in doing so articulates this era?s approaches to rationality, truth, and belief in the study of nature and culture alike.  Finally, Schäfer places Song?s efforts in conjunction with the work of other Chinese philosophers and writers, before, during, and after his time, and argues that these writings demonstrate collectively a uniquely Chinese way of authorizing technology as a legitimate field of scholarly concern and philosophical knowledge.


Offering an overview of a thousand years of scholarship, The Crafting of the 10,000 Things explains the role of technology and crafts in a culture that had an outstandingly successful tradition in this field and was a crucial influence on the technical development of Europe on the eve of the Industrial Revolution.

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Dagmar Schäfer is head of the independent research group Concepts and Modalities: Practical Knowledge Transmission in China at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

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