Traditional Chinese Sciences Introduction

The Theoretical Foundations of the Traditional Chinese Sciences

The Traditional Chinese Sciences are based on a rather large number of fundamental theoretical concepts that appear in all the Chinese sciences and therefore are their central components. Some of these concepts are also well known in the West, others however are largely unknown because they are too special and presuppose a certain degree of fore-knowledge in order to be understood.

IATCA® will present the most essential ones of these concepts on these pages, and will publish continuous updates to them.

The Traditional Chinese Sciences are interconnected by a close theoretical correlation. Their theoretical bases almost always are identical; it is however possible that one or another of the basic concepts has been elaborated in a specially differentiated way in one particular science, because it was especially important in it.

Thus Bazi Suanming for instance disposes of very developed personality theories and a highly elaborate terminology which cannot be found in other Chinese sciences. In Feng Shui, on the other hand, especially differentiated expressions for the description of the environment and the landscape are used which are not found in other Chinese sciences.

All traditional scientific disciplines of the Chinese culture area refer to each other by means of a central theoretical concept. They, however, differ from each other by their different perspective upon the same theoretical scaffold. In other words, they behave like a screen placed in different positions on the same object surface, where in spite of the object remaining the same, through every shift of the screen, new and varied impressions and insights are produced.