The Great Knowledge Transcendence

The Rise of Western Science and Technology Reframed

  • Authors
  • Dengjian Jin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Unnatural Knowledge

    1. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 1-14
  3. The 1492 Question and the Great Knowledge Transcendence Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 17-38
  4. Cognitive Limits to Natural Knowledge Creation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-56
    2. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 57-68
  5. The Limited Evolvability of Premodern Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 85-105
    3. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 107-128
    4. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 129-153
  6. The Advent of Transcendental Knowing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-156
    2. Dengjian Jin
      Pages 157-183
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-312

About this book


This book illustrates the unnaturalness of modern science and technology by tracing their cognitive, evolutionary, and religious origins. It elaborates that all premodern knowers faced inherent limits, and the West was able to develop modern science and technology because of its inherent contradictions forcing the transcendence of limitations.


creativity growth knowledge premodern science society

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57571-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52794-3
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