Hum Hist 2 ho 7

Hum Hist 2 ho 7 - Human History Week 4, lecture 2...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Human History Enlightenment 4/20/11 Week 4, lecture 2 17th-century science outside Europe China: rise of kaozheng (“evidentiary research”), somewhat empiricist approach to geology, medicine, math Importance of calendar: need to celebrate rites on correct dates to keep world in order (similar pressures in Europe, where date of Easter is crucial) Jesuit missionaries use astronomy as a way to reach Chinese elite and convince them of the merits of Christianity Reign of Chinese emperor Kangxi (1661-1722) was crucial Kangxi embraces much in Jesuit scholarship: he writes that “the ‘new methods’ of calculating make basic errors impossible … the general principles of Western calendrical science are without error” But, he adds, “Even though some of the Western methods are different from our own, and may even be an improvement, there is little about them that is new … The principles of mathematics all derive from the Book of Changes [1st millennium BCE], and the Western methods are Chinese in origin . .. After all, they know only a fraction of what
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 2

Hum Hist 2 ho 7 - Human History Week 4, lecture 2...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online