Moments of decision in the making of science: A Ming Dynastic view.
Dagmar Schäfer, Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, is visiting the Science Studies Colloquium Series. The lecture is open for everyone.
The lecture is part of the Science Studies Colloquium Series, and is open for everyone. The lecture lasts from 14.15-15.00. Shortly after we open up for questions, comments and discussion.
Abstract: Is knowledge manageable, and if so what about resultant action? Knowledge and action were central themes in Chinese intellectuals debates and political discussions since the 10th century. Pamphlets by the state as well as private writings invoked the scholar’s social and political responsibility to manage the state and society and asked him to identify methods (fa), ascertain methods (fa) or establish laws (fa). Looking at Chinese intellectual history of the 14th-17th century, this contribution discusses how the history of science has overlooked the important role of organizational skills and structural choices in the historical making of knowledge cultures