Some Reflections on Joseph Needham's Intellectual Heritage.


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In this essay, I reflect on Joseph Needham's intellectual heritage, its impact on understanding the world history of knowledge circulation, and its broad influence on generations of scholars. I present two case studies of paktong and iron/steel to show what Needham himself achieved and what recent progress has been made, highlighting the change of research paradigm from a patriotic or nationalistic approach to a global history approach. I argue that Needham's work still sets a marker for ongoing research in many respects and that, especially, his cross-culturally comparative approach to global circulations of knowledge and technology remains of deep relevance to contemporary scholars.

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50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 5002 History and Philosophy Of Specific Fields
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Technol Cult
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Journal ISSN
0040-165X
1097-3729
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60
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Project MUSE
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