China'S Philological Turn (eBook)
Scholars, Textualism, And The Dao In The Eighteenth Century
de Ori Sela
Sobre o livro
In eighteenth-century China, a remarkable intellectual transformation took place, centered on the ascendance of philology. Its practitioners were preoccupied with the reliability of sources as evidence for restoring ancient texts and meanings and with the centrality of facts and truth to their scholarship and identity. With the power to construct the textual past, philology has the potential to shape both individual and collective identities, and its rise to prominence consequently deeply affected contemporaneous political, social, and cultural agendas.
Ori Sela foregrounds the polymath Qian Daxin (17281804), one of the most distinguished scholars of the Qing dynasty, to tell this story.Chinas Philological Turn traces scholars social networks and the production of knowledge, considering the texts they studied along with their reading practices and the assumptions about knowledge, facts, and truth that came with them. The book considers fundamental issues of eighteenth-century intellectual life: the tension between antiquitys elevated status and the problem of what antiquity actually was; the status of scientific knowledge, especially astronomy, mathematics, and calendrical studies; and the relationship between learned debates and cultural anxieties, especially scholars self-characterization and collective identity. Sela brings to light eighteenth-century manuscripts,biographies, letters, handwritten notes, epitaphs, and more to vivify the creativity and openness of his subjects. A pioneering book in the cultural history of intellectuals across disciplinary boundaries,Chinas Philological Turn reconstructs the history of eighteenth-century Chinese learning and its long-lasting consequences.