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The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan
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The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan

Federico Marcon

Abstract

The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan is a social and intellectual history of the creation, development, and apparent disappearance of a field of natural history in Japan from the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. It introduces the field of honzōgaku—the original name of the discipline of materia medica introduced from China, which expanded in Japan into an eclectic field of natural history—and the changing views of the natural environment that accompanied its development. The book surveys the ideas and practices developed by honzōgaku scholar ... More

Keywords: natural history, Japan, Honzōgaku, Tokugawa period, early modernity, Social history of knowledge, Materia medica, history of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226251905
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226252063.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federico Marcon, author