Women, Marriage, and the Family in Chinese History

Paul S. Ropp

in Heritage of China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1990 | ISBN: 9780520064409
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520908932 | DOI:
Women, Marriage, and the Family in Chinese History

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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

Chapter.  13028 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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