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Great Knowledge Transcendence : The Rise of Western Science and Technology Reframed (Hardcover)
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The Great Knowledge turns upside down the conventional view of the natural rise of the West and blockage of the Rest. Its uses the new developments in cognitive sciences and the counterfactual examples of China, India, and the Islamic world to make the case that all premodern knowers and their communities faced inherent limits, and the West was able to transcend those limits to develop modern science and technology because of the inherent contradictions of the Christian theology and the Thomist insistence on the unity of faith and reason. Under the unique European context revealed in this book, this paradoxical combination forced Western intellectuals to challenge all existing knowledge claims and existing ways for knowledge creation and justification, induced them to seek the new solid foundations for the certainty of knowledge by controlled experiments and the mathematization of nature, ultimately leading to the rise of modern science and technology.
Number of Pages: 312
Genre: History, Science
Sub-Genre: Philosophy, Methodology
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Dengjian Jin
Street Date: November 3, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6724
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