Science: Philosophy, History and Education

Feng Shui: Teaching About Science and Pseudoscience

Authors: Matthews, Michael

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  • Is the only comprehensive educational examination of feng shui
  • Offers a historical cultural narrative intertwined with philosophy of science
  • Presents a detailed defence of the coherence and utility of the concept of pseudoscience
  • Discusses key episodes in the engagement of Chinese culture with Western science
  • Documents the role of science and politics in the modernization of China
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This book provides a richly documented account of the historical, cultural, philosophical and practical dimensions of feng shui. It argues that where feng shui is entrenched educational systems have a responsibility to examine its claims, and that this examination provides opportunities for students to better learn about the key features of the nature of science, the demarcation of science and non-science, the characteristics of pseudoscience, and the engagement of science with culture and worldviews.  The arguments presented for feng shui being a pseudoscience can be marshalled when considering a whole range of comparable beliefs and the educational benefit of their appraisal.

Feng shui is a deeply-entrenched, three-millennia-old system of Asian beliefs and practices about nature, architecture, health, and divination that has garnered a growing presence outside of Asia. It is part of a comprehensive and ancient worldview built around belief in chi (qi) the putative universal energy or life-force that animates all existence, the cosmos, the solar system, the earth, and human bodies. Harmonious living requires building in accord with local chi streams; good health requires replenishment and manipulation of internal chi flow; and a beneficent afterlife is enhanced when buried in conformity with chi directions. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the proper manipulation of internal chi by acupuncture, tai-chi and qigong exercise, and herbal dietary supplements. 

Matthews has produced another tour de force that will repay close study by students, scientists, and all those concerned to understand science, culture, and the science/culture nexus.

Harvey Siegel, Philosophy, University of Miami, USA

 

With great erudition and even greater fluidity of style, Matthews introduces us to this now-world-wide belief system.

Michael Ruse, Philosophy, Florida State University, USA

 

The book is one of the best research works published on Feng Shui. 

Wang Youjun, Philosophy, Shanghai Normal University, China

 

The history is fascinating.  The analysis makes an important contribution to science literature.

James Alcock, Psychology, York University, Canada



This book provides an in-depth study of Feng Shui in different periods, considering its philosophical, historical and educational dimensions; especially from a perspective of the ‘demarcation problem’ between science and pseudoscience.

Yao Dazhi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

About the authors

Michael R. Matthews is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales.  He has degrees in Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Education and History and Philosophy of Science.  He has authored six books, edited nine anthologies, contributed forty book chapters, and published fifty journal articles in philosophy of education, history and philosophy of science, and science education.  Different of his books have been translated into Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish and Korean.  He was Foundation Editor of the Springer journal Science & Education: Contributions from the History and Philosophy of Science.  He was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize of the History of Science Society (USA) in recognition of his contributions to the teaching of history of science.  He has served as President of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group, and President of the Inter-Divisional Teaching Commission of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science.  He served two terms as an alderman on the Council of the City of Sydney.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feng Shui: Teaching About Science and Pseudoscience
Authors
Series Title
Science: Philosophy, History and Education
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18822-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18822-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18821-4
Series ISSN
2520-8594
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 340
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
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