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Harmonious disagreement : Matteo Ricci and his closest Chinese friends
AuthorLiu Yu 劉豫
Pub. LocationNew YorkPublisherPeter Lang
Date2016Phys. Desc.x, 246 pages ; 23 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBV3427.R46 L588 2016
Harmonious disagreement : Matteo Ricci and his closest Chinese friends / Yu Liu.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Another copy Gleeson Library.

"The fascinating story of Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) changing himself while trying to change the religious faith of the Chinese has been told many times. As a Jesuit, Ricci pushed Christian evangelism by claiming a theistic affinity with Confucianism and by presenting himself as a defender of Confucian orthodoxy from Buddhism. Already in his day, Ricci’s unusual cultural adaptation was controversial; not surprisingly, scholarly studies have hitherto focused almost exclusively on variations of this controversy. Reacting mostly to Ricci’s account of events, this line of research has provided insight, but much more can be learned about the early-modern cross-cultural encounter of Europe and China if the perspective is broadened to include his intricate and intriguing relationships with his Chinese friends. With his distinctively different religiosity, personal charisma, and knowledge of European science and mathematics, Ricci impressed the social and cultural elite of late Ming China, many of whom befriended him and some of whom became Christian converts. However, between him and his Chinese friends there were always disagreements, resulting sometimes from a lack of understanding or misunderstanding, and sometimes even when they apparently understood each other perfectly. Followed closely as the investigative thread of this book, the many kinds of disagreement cast an unusual light on an otherwise long familiar subject and are instructive for the at times tense and even hostile, but in reality always mutually energizing relationship of both competition and complement between China and the West in the early twenty-first century"--p.4 of cover.

Introduction: The Useful Instructions of Disagreement -- Journey to the Far East -- Michele Ruggieri -- Matteo Ricci -- Chapter Outline -- Chapter 1. Preparing the Ground for Evangelism: Matteo Ricci's Terms of Endearment in Jiaoyou Lun -- The Politics of Affection -- The Popular Reception -- The Distinct Lack of Distinction -- The Implications of Rhetoric -- The Divergent Expectation and Fulfilment -- Chapter 2. Reading Theism into Confucianism: Matteo Ricci's Ambiguous Alliance in Tianzhu Shiyi -- Ruggieri's Catechism -- Ricci's Revision -- Harmonious Disagreement -- The Tactical Maneuver -- The Ambivalent Appreciation -- The Surprising Directions of Change and Legacy -- Chapter 3. Arousing Antagonism out of Buddhism: Matteo Ricci's Deliberate Provocation in Tianzhu Shiyi -- The All-out War -- The Erstwhile Peace -- The Calculated Change -- The Gain and Loss -- Measures of Cultural Understanding -- Chapter 4. Making Use of Stoicism: Matteo Ricci's Surprising Breakthrough in Ershiwu Yan -- The Incongruent Mutual Appreciation --Epictetus and Adaptation -- The Unexpected Triumph -- The Secret of the Appeal -- Chapter 5. The Ambiguity of Intimacy and Distance: The Exemplary Friendship of Qu Taisu -- An Unusual Acquaintance -- A Relationship of Mutual Satisfaction -- A Skeleton in the Closet -- Intimacy and Distance -- Signs of Ideological Disagreement -- Chapter 6. The Intricacies of Motivation and Benefit: The Catholic Faith of Xu Guangqi -- Life before Baptism -- The Complex Motivation -- The Delicate Intimacy -- The Ambiguous Benefit -- Chapter 7. The Attractions of Science and Spirituality: The Independent Journey of Li Zhizao into Catholicism -- Family History and the Fateful Encounter -- The Limitations of Attraction -- The Subdued Voice of Reservation -- The Conversion -- Science and Faith -- Chapter 8. The Many Kinds of Acceptance and Rejection: The Ideological Commitment of Yang Tingyun -- The Mingled Doctrinal Influences -- The Different Degrees of Spiritual Openness -- The Conversion -- The Acceptance and Rejection -- The Question of Faith -- Conclusion: The Enduring Lesson of History.

Subject(s)Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610--Friends
Stoic philosophy--Translations into Chinese
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610--Friends and associates
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Biography
Jesuits--Missions--China--16th-18th centuries
Qu Rukui 瞿汝夔 [Taisu 太素], 1549-1611--Influence
Xu Guangqi 徐光啟, 1562-1633
Li Zhizao 李之藻, 1565-1630
Yang Tingyun 楊廷筠, 1562-1627--Conversion
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610. Ershiwu yan 二十五言
SeriesAsian thought and culture ; 73
Rec. TypeBookLanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #18966
ISBN9781433132414 ; 1433132419LCCN2015029826OCLC918986578