On the Concept of “Energy” from a Transcultural Perspective

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This chapter gives an overview of the concept of energy from a transcultural perspective. Often, energy is only approached by means of the stipulative definition as used in science. This usage disregards the specific philosophical origins of the concept. In the comparative philosophy of Ulrich Libbrecht, the concept of energy is used as a comparative category, which has related concepts in each of the various ideal types of worldviews—the Greek, the Indian, and the Chinese—his comparative model describes. By informing ourselves of particularly Buddhist and Chinese perspectives on energy and ethics, we can transform and expand our understanding of energy, in order to increase its explanatory power, with regard to contemporary questions of energy justice. This includes a posthuman approach towards it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Justice Across Borders
EditorsGunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi, Guoyu Wang
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-24021-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-24020-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Comparative philosophy
  • Comparative model
  • Transcultural
  • Energy ethics


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