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Culture, Philosophy, and Chinese Medicine

Viennese Lectures

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Fengli Lan

Chinese medicine is a culturally dependent art of healing deeply rooted in the culture and philosophy of the country it originated from: China. This book has three independent but progressive parts, each bearing the title of one of the three courses taught by the author as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Vienna University, in the 2010-2011 winter semester, namely: Overview of Chinese Culture through Chinese Characters, Fundamental Concepts of Classical Chinese Philosophy and The Importance of Metaphors in Chinese Medicine, which are in the fields of philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and intercultural philosophy, aiming to reveal the essence of philosophy of Chinese language, classical Chinese philosophy and Chinese medicine within the context of a global, multicultural background. This book sums up the author’s research outcome of the last few years in an area of study on culture, philosophy and Chinese medicine which has been too often misunderstood or insufficiently emphasized.

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1 "Jia ᆊ (Residence, Home) " in The Great Dictionary of Oracle, Bronze, Seal, and Official Scripts…………………………………………………………19 2 Original Forms of Some Sinograms: Pictographic and Self-Explanatory….….23 3 The Sinograms "㗗" and "㗕" from Oracle, Bronze, Lesser-Seal to Regular Script……………………………………………………………………………..29 4 "∌" Illustrates Eight Writing Strokes in Chinese Calligraphy……………...…34 5 Evolution of Chinese Writing Forms From Oracle Inscription to Running Hand.......................................................................................................................37 6 A Swimming Elephant (Horizontal & Vertical) and "䈵" in Oracle Script…….40 7 “Xiang 䈵” from Oracle, Bronze, Lesser Seal, to Regular Script……………..41 8 A Panorama of The Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) in Beijing……………...43 9 Square-Shaped Sinograms……………………………………………………..45 10 The Bottle Gourd……………………………………………………………..61 11 Fu Xi & Nü Wa Coupling Figure Unearthed in Xinjiang…………………….63 12 “Tian ໽” from Oracle, Bronze, Lesser Seal to Regular Script……………...64 13 Along the River in Qingming Heyday˄Part˅…………………………77 14 Xu Guangqi: Configuration of Stars at Night………………………………...78 15 “SHEN ⼲” from Bronze, Lesser Seal to Regular Script…………………….84 16 “SHI ⼎ (⼏)” from Oracle, Bronze, Lesser Seal to Regular Script……...…85 17 Maps of China and Ancient Greece…………………………………………132 18 The Statue of Confucius Standing in Tian'anmen Square…………………...145 19 The Sinogram “Yin 䰈” from Oracle to Simplified Regular Script………...208 20 The Sinogram “Yang 䰇” from Oracle to Simplified Regular Script……….209 21 Yin-Yang Diagram and Dichotomy………………………………………….219 22 The Greek System of the Four Elements……………………………………226 23 Variant Original Complex Forms of “Mai 㛝”……………………………..291 24 Tongue Reading……………………………………………………………..297 25 Fu Xi’s Eight Trigrams………………………………………………………312

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