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By Minghui Hu

The determine of Dai Zhen (1724�1777) looms huge in sleek chinese language highbrow heritage. Dai was once a mathematical astronomer and influential polymath who, in addition to like-minded students, sought to stability understandings of technological know-how, expertise, and heritage in the framework of classical chinese language writings. Exploring rules in fields as broad-ranging as astronomy, geography, governance, phonology, and etymology, Dai grappled with Western principles and philosophies, together with Jesuit conceptions of cosmology, which have been so vital to the Qing dynasty (1644�1911) court�s desire for calendrical precision.

Minghui Hu tells the tale of China�s transition into modernity from the point of view of 18th-century chinese language students devoted to interpreting the current and previous with the instruments of evidential research. utilizing Dai because the centering element, Hu indicates how the tongru (�broadly realized scholars�) of this period navigated Confucian, Jesuit, and different worldviews in the course of a dynamic interval, connecting historic theories to new wisdom within the process.

Scholars and scholars of early smooth chinese language heritage, and people studying technological know-how, non secular, and highbrow background extra extensively, will locate China�s Transition to Modernity inspiring and important for his or her examine and teaching.

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