Curious Land: Jesuit Accommodation and the Origins of Sinology

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION13
1. THE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPEAN BACKGROUND TO THE ACCOMMODATION OF CHINA23
1. European Expansion and Missionaries23
2. Aristotelianism, Copernicanism and Renaissance Humanism25
3. Hermetism29
4. Societies of Learning32
5. The Search for a Universal Language34
6. Mercantilism36
7. Galenic versus Paracelsian Medicine39
8. Geography41
9. History42
II. RICCI'S FORMULATION OF JESUIT ACCOMMODATION IN CHINA: THE STRUGGLE FOR LITERATI ACCEPTANCE44
1. Fr. Ricci's Background44
2. The Ricci-Trigault Production of De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas46
3. Ricci's Understanding of Chinese Geography, Technology and Culture49
4. Ricci's Confucian-Christian Synthesis55
5. Ricci's Treatment of Buddhism68
6. Ricci's Treatment of Taoism70
7. Some Concluding Remarks on Ricci's Policy of Accommodation72
III. THE CONTINUATION OF JESUIT ACCOMMODATION IN THE WORKS OF SEMEDO AND MAGALHAES74
1. Introduction74
2. The Background to Fr. Semedo s Imperio de la China74
3. Semedo's Presentation of the Chinese Language76
4. Semedo's Presentation of Chinese Learning and Education81
5. Semedo's Treatment of Chinese Philosophy and Religion87
6. The Background to Fr. Magalhaes' Nouvelle relation de la Chine91
7. Magalhaes' Presentation of the Chinese Language96
8. Magalhaes' Presentation of Chinese Chronology102
9. Conclusion103

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