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Chinese Cosmology and the Environment

Robert P. Weller

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.003.0008
Chinese Cosmology and the Environment

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Chinese understandings of both nature and religion can be quite different from Western conceptions of the environment, and continue to shape China's lived environment today, even after a century of globalization. This chapter offers a brief overview of Chinese ideas about the relations between humans and their environment as seen through the various religious traditions. It then moves on to more recent times to show how those ideas have interacted with broadly influential and very different concepts of ecology coming in from the West.

Keywords: Taiwan; religion; environment; ecology; cosmology; developmentalism

Chapter.  7299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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