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Ecology and Philosophy in Early China

Ecology and Philosophy in Early China

Prof. Roel SterckxCultural Ecology

At the heart of this project is the relationship between philosophical, religious and socio-political ideas related to the natural world and state policy. We are interested in how ideology affects the management of natural resources such as parks, forests, waterways, fauna, flora etc. The project adheres to a broad understanding of the notion of “environment”. We do not merely mean to study Chinese understandings of climate or natural events such as floods or droughts or conceive of nature simply as that part of the world left untouched by human action.