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Joseph de Premare (1666-1736): Chinese Philology and Figurism Knud Lundbaek

Joseph de Premare (1666-1736): Chinese Philology and Figurism

Knud Lundbaek

Published December 1st 1991
ISBN : 9788772883441
Paperback
240 pages
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 About the Book 

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 theMoreJoseph 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 Premares 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 Chinas relations with the West.