Three Disciplines at One Table (2012)

Length: 22min 22sec

In the discussion led by Lothar von Falkenhausen, three eminent scholars of Early Chinese history meet. Three fields of specialty are involved: early material culture and archaeology (von Falkenhausen), early Chinese philology and oracle bone inscriptions (Kenichi Takashima) and early intellectual history (Michael Puett). Together, the three scholars debate on the Shang and Zhou dynasties: while Ken Takashima focuses on divinatory texts of the 13-11 centuries B.C. and their diction, Michael Puett considers the Western terms of “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication” in the context of Early China. In cooperation with both, Lothar von Falkenhausen attempts better to understand and classify the divinatory material objects of early Chinese archeology.

Keywords: IKGF, Chinese Studies, Erlangen, Prognostication, Shang dynasty, Zhou dynasty, Archaeology, Ken Takashima, Michael Puett, Lothar von Falkenhausen
Speakers: Prof. Ken Takashima, Prof. Michael Puett, Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen
Language: English
Nature of Event: Round Table
Customer: IKGF
Producer: Hans-Christian Lehner, Dr. Erik Niblaeus
Camera: Roman De Giuli, Martin Herold, Quirin Koch