A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature

Giulio Aleni

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Thierry Meynard and Dawei Pan offer a highly detailed annotated translation of one of the major works of Giulio Aleni, a Jesuit missionary in China. Referred to by his followers as “Confucius from the West”, Aleni made his presence felt in the early modern encounter between China and Europe. The two translators outline the complexity of the intellectual challenges that Aleni faced and the extensive conceptual resources on which he built up a fine-grained framework with the aim of bridging the Chinese and Christian spiritual traditions.

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Thierry Meynard is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Archives for the Introduction of Western Learning in China at Sun Yat-sen University. He has authored several books, including The Jesuit Reading of Confucius (Leiden: Brill, 2015).

Dawei Pan, MD, is Lecturer of Philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University. She has published articles on the philosophy of medicine in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Argumentation, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, and Philosophy East and West.
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Foreword: Reading Giulio Aleni’s A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature in Light of the Cursus Conimbricensis-“Urtext”
Mário S. de Carvalho

Introduction
Thierry Meynard, S.J., and Dawei Pan

A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature
Giulio Aleni
Preface to A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature
Cheng Yi
Preface to The Study of Human Nature
Qu Shisi
Foreword to The Study of Human Nature
Giulio Aleni
Preface to A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature
Zhu Shiheng

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All interested in the history of Chinese Christianity, in particular the Jesuit China Mission, and anyone concerned with Chinese thought and early modern Sino-European intellectual exchanges.