Nathan Sivin

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Ph. D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
S.B., M.I.T.
Contact Information
Office Address: 
303 Claudia Cohen Hall
(215) 898-7098
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Teaching Fields: 

Chinese Culture
Chinese Literature
Chinese Science and Natural Philosophy
Classical Chinese
Classics of Science and Medicine
Current Sinology
Health Care in Traditional and Contemporary China
Methodology in the History of Science
Methods of Research in Sinology
Methods of Research in the History of Chinese Medicine
Readings in Chinese Science
Science and Philosophy from Antiquity to Copernicus
Science, Medicine and Ritual
Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment

Research Interests: 
  • the social relations of Chinese medicine, from a point of view which combines the conceptual tools of history of science with those of cultural and social anthropology and sociology
  • intellectual biography of Shen Kua 沈括 (1031-1095)
  • translations of key documents for a source book of Chinese science and medicine
  • the theoretical structure of alchemy
Selected Publications: 

Two essays on medical writings, Ji jiu xian fang 急救仙方 and Xian chuan waike bi fang 仙傳外科秘方. In The Taoist Canon. A Historical Companion to the Daozang, ed. K. M. Schipper & F. Verellen, II, 774-779. University of Chicago Press, 2005.

A New Approach to Comparative and Other Research on Pre-modern Science in China and Europe. In Chung-kuo k’o-chi tien-chi yen-chiu中国科技典籍研究 (Studies of books and records of Chinese science and technology). Zhengzhou: Ta-hsiang.

Reflections on the Batesian Synthesis. In a volume on the work of the late philosopher of medicine Don Bates. Montreal: McGill University Press.

Chinese Medicine in View of Medicine and Healing. In a collection of papers from the conference of the same name, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taiwan, 2005.12.13-15.

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