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The study is supported by VEGA grant 2/0072/21 Task of Political Philosophy in the Context of the Anthropocene.

Cover illustration: Cover image by Tianhao Zhang, shows a flower on a table at The Lingering Garden in Suzhou, China (2022). The image is made available via

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Names: Horyna, Bř etislav, 1959- author.

Title: Chinese thought in early German Enlightenment from Leibniz to Goethe : abortive approaches to transcultural understanding / by Bř etislav Horyna.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2023] | Series: New research in the history of Western philosophy, 2949-9518 ; volume 2 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2023010997 (print) | LCCN 2023010998 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004544611 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004544666 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Philosophy, German–Chinese influences. | Philosophy, German–18th century. | Germany–Intellectual life–Chinese influences. | Jesuits–Missions–China. | Enlightenment–Germany.

Classification: LCC B2628.C6 H67 2023 (print) | LCC B2628.C6 (ebook) | DDC 193--dc23/eng/20230501

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ISSN 2949-9518

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ISBN 978-90-04-54466-6 (e-book)

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