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Joseph De Premare (1666-1736) Humanistisk Series Chinese Philology and Figurism by Knud Lundbaek

Joseph De Premare (1666-1736) Humanistisk Series Chinese Philology and Figurism

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Joseph De Premare (1666-1736) Humanistisk Series Chinese Philology and Figurism by Knud Lundbaek

Joseph de Premare came to China from France in 1698 and worked as a missionary in Jiangxi until 1724 when he was banished to Canton by the Chinese government. While in exile at Canton, he composed the Notitia Linguae Sinicae a treatise on the structure of the Chinese language which formed the basis of academic sinology in Europe for more than a century, and was reprinted as late as 1893. In this study, Knud Lundbaek provides a comprehensive picture of Premare's philological and theological ideas, prominent among which was the concept of figurism . The book also describes the intellectual milieu in which de Premare moved, including other famous figurist Jesuit scholars such as Joachim Bouvet and Jean-Francois Foucquet. This biography is a contribution to the history of European sinology as well as to the study of China's relations with the West.

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Publication date

19th June 1991


Knud Lundbaek

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Aarhus University Press


240 pages


Biography: general
Historical & comparative linguistics



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