New PDF release: Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China,

By Peter N. Miller, Francois Louis

This e-book is a undertaking in comparative background, yet alongside certain axes, one ancient and the opposite historiographical. Its objective is to constructively juxtapose the early smooth ecu and chinese language techniques to ancient learn which have been referred to as "antiquarian." As an workout in historic restoration, the essays during this quantity amass new information regarding the diversity of antiquarian-type scholarship at the prior, on nature, and on peoples undertaken at both finish of the Eurasian landmass among 1500 and 1800. As a historiographical venture, the publication demanding situations the received---and usually greatly below conceptualized---use of the time period "antiquarian" in either eu and chinese language contexts. Readers won't in simple terms examine extra concerning the variety of ecu and chinese language scholarship at the past---and particularly the fabric past---but they're going to even be in a position to combine many of the historiographical observations and corrections into new methods of conceiving of the historical past of old scholarship in Europe because the Renaissance, and to mirror at the impression of those ecu phrases on chinese language techniques to the chinese language earlier. This comparability is a two-way road, with the ecu culture clarified by way of wisdom of chinese language practices, and chinese language techniques higher understood while positioned along the ecu ones.

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34. For the notion of “antiquarianization,” see Miller, “The ‘Antiquarianization’ of Biblical Scholarship and the London Polyglot Bible (1653–­57),” Journal of the History of Ideas 63 (2001): 463–­82. 24 Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China 35. Papy has been publishing extensively on Lipsius, most recently, “Lipsius as ‘Master of Order’: The True Face of Lipsius’s Stoicism in the Manuductio ad Stoicam philosophiam (1604) and MS Lips. 6,” De Gulden Passer 84 (2006): 221–­ 37; “An unpublished dialogue by Justus Lipsius on military prudence and the causes of war: the Monita et exempla politica de re militari (1605),” Bibliothèque d’humanisme et Renaissance: Travaux et documents 65 (2003): 135–­48; “An Antiquarian Scholar Between Text and Image?

Cheng Yaotian’s (1725–­1814) evidentiary studies to identify plants mentioned in the classics reveal a particularly striking example of how Qing classicists could move toward an antiquarian-­style philology. Cheng, who interviewed farmers and collected plant specimens and seeds from various regions in China, develops a unique form of botany. Unlike Li’s materia medica, Introduction 17 which was intended as practical knowledge and remained firmly embedded in the tradition of healing, Cheng’s studies ultimately took the ancient classics as their main referent.

Wang, a leading advocate of archaism, indeed saw parallels here to his own studies on the history of poetry. Two centuries later, as Georges Métailié’s essay shows, evidentiary scholars had appropriated the empirical approach of Li Shizhen into traditional classical studies and shed much of the Daoist as well as Neo-­ Confucian elements still present in the Ming texts. Cheng Yaotian’s (1725–­1814) evidentiary studies to identify plants mentioned in the classics reveal a particularly striking example of how Qing classicists could move toward an antiquarian-­style philology.

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