Conclusion Leaving the Theater

in The Crafting of the 10,000 Things

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226735849
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226735856 | DOI:
Conclusion Leaving the Theater

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This chapter presents a conclusion on Song Yingxing. Song's polemics presented contemporary stylistic, terminological, and linguistic features, and his attitudes exhibited the sociopolitical, intellectual, and practical concerns that influenced Chinese approaches to scientific and technological content. His rhetoric and ordering of issues in Works of Heaven proved both his compliance with and manipulation of his cultural set. His qi theory was the basis for his understanding of the physical world and a critical reason for his choice of subject and explanatory content in Works of Heaven. It is noted that Song's writings do not easily fit the agenda of a “world of consumerism.” His work offered an exceptional opportunity to study the thoughts and models of explanation that a former culture used efficiently and effectively for centuries to make knowledge about natural phenomena and material inventiveness.

Keywords: Song Yingxing; Works of Heaven; qi; consumerism; knowledge; natural phenomena; materials

Chapter.  4664 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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