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Author Jensen, Lionel M.

Title Manufacturing Confucianism : Chinese traditions & universal civilization / Lionel M. Jensen.

Published Durham : Duke University Press, 1997.


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 UniM Bail  181.112 JENS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 444 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [379]-420) and index.
Contents Introduction: Confucius, Kongzi, and the Modern Imagination -- Pt. 1. The Manufacture of Confucius and Confucianism. 1. The Jesuits, Confucius, and the Chinese. 2. There and Back Again: The Jesuits and Their Texts in China and Europe -- Interlude: The Meaning and End of Confucianism - A Meditation on Conceptual Dependence -- Pt. 2. Making Sense of Ru and Making Up Kongzi. 3. Ancient Texts, Modern Narratives: Nationalism, Archaism, and the Reinvention of Ru. 4. Particular Is Universal: Hu Shi, Ru, and the Chinese Transcendence of Nationalism -- Epilogue: At Century's End - Ecumenical Nativism and the Economy of Delight.
Summary Could it be that the familiar and beloved figure of Confucius was invented by Jesuit priests? In Manufacturing Confucianism, Lionel M. Jensen reveals this very fact, demonstrating how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Western missionaries used translations of the ancient ru tradition to invent the presumably historical figure who has since been globally celebrated as philosopher, prophet, statesman, wise man, and saint. Challenging both previous scholarship and widespread belief, Jensen uses European letters and memoirs, Christian histories and catechisms written in Chinese, translations and commentaries on the Sishu, and a Latin summary of Chinese culture known as the Confucius Sinarum Philosophus to argue that the national self-consciousness of Europe and China was bred from a cultural ecumenism wherein both were equal contributors.
Subject Jesuits -- China.
Confucianism -- Relations -- Christianity.
Philosophy, Confucian.
China -- Civilization -- Western influences.
ISBN 0822320347 (alk. paper)
0822320479 (paperback: alk. paper)