Book ID: CBB226349178

The Culture of Language in Ming China: Sound, Script, and the Redefinition of Boundaries of Knowledge (2022)


Nathan Vedal (Author)

Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 288
Language: English

The scholarly culture of Ming dynasty China (1368–1644) is often seen as prioritizing philosophy over concrete textual study. Nathan Vedal uncovers the preoccupation among Ming thinkers with specialized linguistic learning, a field typically associated with the intellectual revolution of the eighteenth century. He explores the collaboration of Confucian classicists and Buddhist monks, opera librettists and cosmological theorists, who joined forces in the pursuit of a universal theory of language.Drawing on a wide range of overlooked scholarly texts, literary commentaries, and pedagogical materials, Vedal examines how Ming scholars positioned the study of language within an interconnected nexus of learning. He argues that for sixteenth- and seventeenth-century thinkers, the boundaries among the worlds of classicism, literature, music, cosmology, and religion were far more fluid and porous than they became later. In the eighteenth century, Qing thinkers pared away these other fields from linguistic learning, creating a discipline focused on corroborating the linguistic features of ancient texts.Documenting a major transformation in knowledge production, this book provides a framework for rethinking global early modern intellectual developments. It offers a powerful alternative to the conventional understanding of late imperial Chinese intellectual history by focusing on the methods of scholarly practice and the boundaries by which contemporary thinkers defined their field of study.

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Authors & Contributors
Leung, Angela Ki Che
Cheung, Sui Wai
Lai, Ming Chiu
Puk, Wing Kin
Chang, Che-chia
Chen, Zhihui
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Lishi yuyan yanjiuso jikan (Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Science in Context
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Columbia University
Lit Verlag GmbH & Co.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Columbia University Press
Reaktion Books
Hong Kong University Press
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Li Hongzhang (1823-1901)
Vagnoni, Alfonso
Shao Zeng (1832-1877)
Zhu, Zhenheng
Qian, Daxin
Soviet Union
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279)
17th century
18th century
Yuan Dynasty (China, ca. 1260-1368)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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