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1. "Cosmology," a Western Term

The need to feel somewhat at home in nature and the construction of ordered world-views seem to be shared by most, if not all, human cultures. It is therefore appropriate and possibly instructive to ask about the importance and characteristics of Chinese cosmologies. But at the same tim…

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Defoort, Carine, “Cosmology”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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