ProjectMining and Deep Drilling in Chinese and European History: An Interface between Prognostication, Fate and Knowledge

Basic data

Title:
Mining and Deep Drilling in Chinese and European History: An Interface between Prognostication, Fate and Knowledge
Duration:
10/1/2019 to 2/29/2020
Abstract / short description:
This project will investigate the relationship between prognostication, fate and knowledge in the history of mining and deep drilling in China and Europe. Based on a critical text analysis of a large variety of both Chinese and Western primary sources and secondary literature it endeavors to compare quantitatively and qualitatively the different strands of thought in these domains in the Middle Kingdom and in Europe, both on a spatial and temporal level. Starting from the assumption that mining and drilling for underground mineral resources in pre-modern times was predominantly characterized by a high degree of contingency, it can be hypothesized that with the growth of useful and reliable knowledge about nature, especially the underground realm, man became increasingly able to understand the origin, structure and composition of the geological and mineral world. At the same time, the progression in the increase of useful and reliable knowledge substantially reduced the experience of unfathomable contingency and thus pushed back – or even annihilated – other forms of explanations, such as those of religious, magical, and cosmological-correlative provenience.
Keywords:
Bergbau
Schicksal
Wissen
Ostasien
East Asia
China
China
history of science
Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Involved staff

Managers

Chinese Studies Section
Department of Asian and Oriental Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Local organizational units

Department of Asian and Oriental Studies
Faculty of Humanities
University of Tübingen

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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