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This presentation and construction of Confucian philosophy was strategically developed in order to show a link between ancient Chinese culture and the Christian religion, a link that presented both a strong argument for conversion to potential neophytes in China and a positive image of the mission back in Europe. This use was continued by the philosophers of the Enlightenment, but was later lost with the rise of western colonialism and scientific racism in 19th century Europe. Ricci, in describing the imperial system of examinations, helped to develop a picture of a China governed Chinese civilisation compared to Hebrew civilisation; and the theoretical conviction of the precedence of the deism as a perfect religion.
This institution served to entrench Confucianism as the moral standard across the whole Empire. He wrote several letters 44 which contributed to the dissemination of the enlightened despot myth throughout Europe. The Gazette, a kind of official journal, was his principal source of information. He was the son of Kangxi, , who reigned from to , the longest of any Emperor of China.
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Father Contancin read these sources without questioning the nature of what was written. According to him, Europeans seem to be naturally anxious, which pushes them to pursue innovation and experimentation. On the contrary, the Chinese seem to be apathetic, prosaic and pragmatic. This description came to play a role in the perception of Chinese philosophy in France. How could the Chinese philosophise if they are solely practical and if they ignore the theoretical and the abstract?
From to he served as a teacher and then counsellor to the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty Qing Chao, , , Kangxi See Dortous de Mairan, Lettres au R. He has to establish solid funds to reward merit, and pay for necessary travel and instruments. But Parrenin also defends the innovative spirit of the Chinese and their intelligence.
He tells Mairan of the compass, and the discovery of the rectangle. However, he maintains that Chinese science in his time had become stagnant and had not developed any further. He read the Letters and used them in order to write his literary and critical works, in which he often promoted China. He argued that the Chinese are more advanced than the other people of the world due to their antiquity and their intellectual and moral superiority. China represented for Voltaire a political solution to the problems of a Europe torn apart by religious wars, because it offered a model of religious tolerance.
Voltaire was also influenced by the writings of 57 The Jesuits who were in China engaged in direct that is to say without censure correspondence with scholars of their time. That this conclusion was enabled by the religious missions of the Jesuits is rather ironic.
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However, not all Enlightenment writers were so taken by the China of the Jesuits: Montesquieu , another attentive reader of the Letters, expressed serious reservations about the country. Voltaire, A Philosophical Dictionary Vol.
Hunt, Whether French writers were enthusiastic about China or not, they had to read the writings of the Jesuits as a foundation. He also promotes the use of the image of the Chinese wise man, who he strongly differentiates from the Greek philosopher. The encounter with China and its ancient culture led Europe of the 17th and 18th centuries to become aware of the relativity of its own culture and to be open to other forms of thought.
To the European conscience, in crisis at this time, these writings developed a sense of relativity.
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Another letter relates a scene where the Chinese scholars displayed a map of China showing its fifteen provinces. The Americas still seemed to them too large to contain the rest of the universe. I cannot express their surprise: they looked at each other and said these Chinese words: Chiao te kin, that is to say: It is very small. They did not believe it and thought it a mistake. La Haye: Henri Scheurleer, Finally, the polemic between theologians and philosophers questioned the human history of the Bible as a result of China's antiquity.
This question was raised in the letter of Father Parrenin to Dortous de Mairan of 20th September Father Parrenin offered proof of the antiquity of China, asserting that in these terms Egypt had nothing for China to envy. Souciet Etienne Paris: Rollin, China is not only highly ancient, but this antiquity can also be proved by writings and astronomic observations. The consequences of this discovery were felt both in Europe and China. In Asia, the religious conversion of the Chinese was weakened because they were aware of the contradictions between their writings and the Bible. Conclusion Ultimately, the Jesuits portrayed China as a strange, exotic and curious world.
They disseminated a skewed idea of China, of its culture and its philosophy. For instance, Ricci developed a picture of China in a positive but idealised light. His family sent him to Paris in to pursue a "serious" education. However, the young scoundrel quickly began skipping his anatomy lessons, spending all of his time in another place of study: the Conservatoire library. It was here, and on occasion at the opera, that Berlioz discovered the great art of composition.
In , Berlioz was named assistant curator of the very library in which he had spent so much of his time. A worthy employment? Not really A role as assistant was not therefore what he had expected. Berlioz sought recognition and approval from his peers and institions his entire life. However, when such recognition was finally received, it was not enough.
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Give me my money! A delicate subject, far removed from the romantic ideal of our Berlioz! And yet, financial issues regularly conditioned his everyday life. Ever since rebelling against his parent's professional ambitions, the composer continuously struggled to make ends meet, due in no small way to the fact that he lived off and would only ever live off his work as a composer. Though he seemingly looked down upon his work with the press, in his possession nonetheless was the perfect broadcasting tool.
Through his well-written, and often dreaded, articles, Berlioz was able to make himself and his opinions heard.
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As a student at the conservatoire, the young Berlioz's sole aspiration was to win the famous Prix de Rome. Why such an obsession? Prestige, firstly, but also as means of proving to his family that he was ultimately right to have chosen composition. He was eventually awarded the coveted Prix de Rome, after his fifth attempt. Indeed developing sustainable means for waste or CO 2 storage, less energy consuming and more sustainable buildings, etc, are among the most critical environmental urgencies.
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