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The Philosophical Foundations of Classical Chinese Medicine

This book makes Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) intelligible to those who are not familiar with the tradition and who may choose to dismiss it off-hand or to assess it negatively . Keekok Lee uses two related strategies: arguing that all science and therefore medicine cannot be understood without excavating its philosophical presuppositions and showing what those presuppositions are in the case of CCM compared with those of biomedicine.
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Bibliographical Justification and Clarification of the Main Texts Selected Chapter Three: Ontology: Qi and Its Role in the Lattice of Inter-weaving Key Concepts Chapter Four: Metaphysics: The Laozi and the Lattice of Inter-weaving Key Concepts Chapter Five: The Zhouyi/Yi: Meanings and Significance Chapter Six: The Yi: Yin Qi, Yang Qi, Yinyang and the Yao-gua Model Chapter Seven: Yinyang-Wuxing Chapter Eight: Process Philosophy/Ontology Chapter Nine: Modes of Thinking Chapter Ten: Wholism in Chinese Terms Chapter Eleven: Implications of Wholism/Wholism for Science/Science, Methodology and Ontology Chapter Twelve: Conclusion

About the Author

Keekok Lee is honorary research professor at Manchester University.


With this volume, Lee (Manchester Univ., UK) picks up where her earlier study, The Philosophical Foundations of Medicine (CH, Jun'12, 49-5598), left off, providing a chiefly descriptive outline of the key philosophical concepts found in Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). A third companion volume, detailing the implications of those concepts for the development of CCM, is described as forthcoming. Western, "scientific" medicine and CCM are founded in different philosophical/ontological worldviews and, Lee insists, as distinct paradigms that are subject to different standards of evaluation. In the present work, she focuses on an interpretation of central texts and concepts of the Daojia tradition that underlie CCM (such as Qi, Ziran, Zhouyi, and Yinyang) and the metaphysical and epistemological dimensions of the modes of thought. Captivatingly, Lee not only suggests that there is much for Western medicine to learn from CCM, but she envisions a broader convergence in the future "with modern science moving toward the Chinese model based on process-ontology, non-linearity and Wholism." Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; researchers and faculty. * CHOICE *

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