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China's transition to modernity : the new classical vision of Dai Zhen

Author: Minghui Hu
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The figure of Dai Zhen (1724-1777) looms large in modern Chinese intellectual history. Dai was a mathematical astronomer and influential polymath who, along with like-minded scholars, sought to balance understandings of science, technology, and history within the framework of classical Chinese writings. Exploring ideas in fields as broad-ranging as astronomy, geography, governance, phonology, and etymology, Dai  Read more...
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History
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Hu, Minghui.
China's transition to modernity
(DLC) 2014050175
(OCoLC)892701123
Named Person: Zhen Dai; Zhen Dai
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Minghui Hu
ISBN: 9780295806068 0295806060
OCLC Number: 919495808
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 285 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The man and his times --
How Jesuit science conquered the Kangxi court --
Searching for truth in the origins of civilizations --
How to build a coalition around science --
An outsider enters the mainstream --
How to dethrone Jesuit science --
Bringing it home to the palace of light --
Legibility of visionary scholars.
Responsibility: Minghui Hu.

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"The figure of Dai Zhen (1724-1777) looms large in modern Chinese intellectual history. Dai was a mathematical astronomer and influential polymath who, along with like-minded scholars, sought to balance understandings of science, technology, and history within the framework of classical Chinese writings. Exploring ideas in fields as broad-ranging as astronomy, geography, governance, phonology, and etymology, Dai grappled with Western ideas and philosophies, including Jesuit conceptions of cosmology, which were so important to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) court's need for calendrical precision. Minghui Hu tells the story of China's transition to modernity from the perspective of 18th-century Chinese scholars who were dedicated to examining the present and past with the tools of evidential analysis. Using Dai as the centering point, Hu shows how the tongru ('broadly learned scholars') of this era navigated Confucian, Jesuit, and other worldviews during a dynamic period, connecting ancient theories to new knowledge in the process."--Publisher's Web site.

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Anyone interested in eighteenth-century Chinese intellectual history should be grateful to Minghui Hu. . . . Hu's revisionist study sheds new light on the innovativeness of Dai Zhen's learning and Read more...

 
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