Chapter 3 Legge in Oxford

In: Scottish Missions to China
Author: David Jasper

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Abstract

This paper will focus upon James Legge’s years as professor in Oxford and his ambivalent position there as both Scottish and non-conformist in a deeply Anglican university and city. At every level he was an outsider – and how does this impact upon the nature and future of Chinese studies but also the field of comparative religion. My sense is that not only was he a remarkable scholar, but in his conservative way he was also deeply ‘radical’ and his importance for the study of religion has barely been acknowledged.

Scottish Missions to China

Commemorating the Legacy of James Legge (1815-1897)

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