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In Five Classics of Fengshui Michael Paton traces the theoretical development of this form of spiritual geography through full translations of major texts: the Burial Classic of Qing Wu, Book of Burial, Yellow Emperor's Classic of House Siting, Twenty Four Difficult Problems, and Water Dragon Classic. This theoretical development is analysed through the lens of history, philosophy and sociology of science in an attempt to address Joseph Needham's conundrum of the "great beauty of the siting" in traditional China being based of such a "grossly superstitious system" and to understand what part fengshui played in the environmental history of China.
About the Author
Michael Paton, PhD (1996), University of Sydney, is an honorary associate of the School of Economics at that university. He has published many articles on the history and philosophy of science in China including 'Fengshui: a continuation of the art of swindlers?' (Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 2007).