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Ancient worlds, modern reflections : philosophical perspectives on Greek and Chinese science and culture

Author: G E R Lloyd
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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Publisher description: Geoffrey Lloyd engages in a wide-ranging exploration of what we can learn from the study of ancient civilizations that is relevant to fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that we still face today. These include, in philosophy of science, the question of the incommensurability of paradigms, the debate between realism and relativism or constructivism, and between correspondence and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G E R Lloyd
ISBN: 0199270163 9780199270163
OCLC Number: 53871556
Description: xi, 222 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Understanding ancient societies --
Science in ancient civilizations? --
Carving out territories --
A common logic? --
Searching for truth --
The questionability of belief --
Styles of enquiry and the question of a common ontology --
The use and abuse of classification --
For example and against --
Universities : their histories and responsibilities --
Human nature and human rights --
A critique of democracy.
Responsibility: G.E.R. Lloyd.
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Uses a study of ancient Greek and Chinese science and culture to throw light on fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that range from the debate about realism and relativism in  Read more...

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...goes far beyond his forays to date ... A bravura performance R.A.H. King, The Classical Review For readers interested in the differences between the Greeks and the Chinese in antiquity, Lloyd's Read more...

 
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