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The 105th Tobuken-Asnet Seminar "Encounter between Eastern and Western Ideas: Jesuit Missionaries in 18th-Century China"

【Date】 Nov 20, 2014 (Thu) 5:00-6:00 p.m.

【Venue】 Ground Floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

【Speaker】 Yoko NII(IASA CPAG Fellow)

【Title】 Encounter between Eastern and Western Ideas: Jesuit Missionaries in 18th-Century China

【Commentator】 Yasushi Oki (Professor, The University of Tokyo)

【Abstract】
From the sixteenth century to the eighteenth century, Jesuits sent Europe a number of reports on China. These reports not only fascinated a small group of sinophiles and orientalists, but also widely circulated as the issue of great concern for the Republic of Letters. My presentation will take the Vie de Confucius by the French Jesuit Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718–93) as an example, and will start with two very basic questions: (1) what kind of materials in China were these Jesuits’ reports based on and to what extent are these reports faithful to these materials? ; (2) to what extent did these reports deviate from any original materials, i.e., how did Jesuits show their own originality in the reports? I will address these questions and examine the influence of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Chinese and European thoughts on Jesuits’ reports.