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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

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Front. Philos. China    2019, Vol. 14 Issue (2) : 284-302    https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-008-019-0017-5
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Revelation or Reason? Two Opposing Interpretations of the Confucian Classics during the Chinese Rites Controversy
WANG Niecai()
Faculty of Political Science and Law, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing 526061, China; Center for Guangzhou and Cultural Exchange, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
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Abstract

The Four Books were a frequent point of reference in publications during the Chinese Rites Controversy. In the Tian Ru Yin (1664), the Franciscan Antonio de Santa María Caballero (1602–69) used an allegorical approach, interpreting the true meaning of the Chinese Classics as Christian revelation while rejecting the traditional reading of the Confucian Classics. On the contrary, the Jesuits in the Confucius Sinarum Philosophus (1687) used a rationalistic approach, harmonizing Western intellectualism with Confucianism. We shall show how these two interpretations are rooted in different theological traditions, leading the two sides to take opposite stances in the Chinese Rites Controversy.

Keywords Chinese Rites Controversy      Four Books      Tian Ru Yin      Confucius Sinarum Philosophus     
Issue Date: 15 July 2019
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WANG Niecai. Revelation or Reason? Two Opposing Interpretations of the Confucian Classics during the Chinese Rites Controversy[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2019, 14(2): 284-302.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2019/V14/I2/284
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