Thierry Meynard and Dawei Pan offer a highly detailed annotated translation of one of the major works of Giulio Aleni (1582 Brescia–1649 Yanping), 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.
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 Associate Professor of Philosophy at Sun Yatsen University. Pan has published articles on the philosophy of medicine in the
Journal of the American Academy of Religion,
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, and
Philosophy East and West.
Acknowledgments List of Illustrations 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 / 性學觕述
A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature Preface to A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature
Preface to The Study of Human Nature
Foreword to The Study of Human Nature
Preface to A Brief Introduction to the Study of Human Nature
Appendix: Tables 1–8 Bibliography Index
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.