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New Book by Joachim Kurtz on Chinese Logic

13. Sep. 2011

Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz´s most recent publication "The Discovery of Chinese Logic" examines the history of logic in Chinese culture. The book offers a new perspective on the formation of modern academic discourses in East Asia, contributing a hitherto unwritten chapter to the global histories of science and philosophy.

This study provides a detailed critical reconstruction of the discovery of logic in Chinese culture. Denied as a legitimate field of study until 1898, Chinese scholars thereafter claimed that logic had been an integral part of China´s learned heritage for more than two millennia. The book closely analyses the conceptual, ideological, and institutional transformations that led to this change in perspective for China´s intellectual elite, presenting the discovery of Chinese logic as an exemplary case of how epistemic shifts continue to shape perceptions of Chinese intellectual history.

Released in 2011, the book is the inaugural volume in Brill's “Modern Chinese Philosophy” series.  

Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz is professor of "Intellectual History" at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University. His research focuses on the intercultural and intellectual exchanges between China, Japan and Europe. Among other fields of expertise, he focuses on logic and practices of argumentation.

For further information see the book announcement by Brill


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