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Lisa Raphals studies the cultures of early China and Classical Greece, with research and teaching interests across several areas: comparative philosophy, religion, history of science, and gender, with other interests in poetics and science fiction and media studies. She is the author of three books: Knowing Words: Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece (Cornell UP, 1992), Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China (SUNY Press, 1998) and What Country, a book of poems and translations (North and South, 1993).
Her representative articles include “Skeptical Strategies in the Zhuangzi and Theaetetus” (Philosophy East & West), “The Treatment of Women in a Second-Century Medical Casebook” (Chinese Science), “Arguments by Women in Early Chinese Sources” (Nan Nu, a gender studies journal), “Gender and Virtue in Greece and China” (Journal of Chinese Philosophy), “Chinese and Greek Calculations and Categories” (East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine), “Fate, Fortune, Chance and Luck in Chinese and Greek” (Philosophy East & West), and “Cordwainer Smith and the Soushenji: Comparative Perspectives on the Boundaries of ‘Humanity’” (in Dream Weavers: Globalization, Science Fiction, and the Cybernetic Revolution).
Professor Raphals is Book Review Editor ( East Asia ) for the journal Philosophy East & West. Some of her favorite courses to teach are “Rhetoric and Argumentation in China and Greece ,” “Engendering China: Women in Chinese History,” “Taoist Traditions,” “Medical Traditions in China and Greece ,” and “The Ancient Sciences Through Science Fiction.”