From Aristotle's De Anima to Xia Dachang's Xingshuo

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TitleFrom Aristotle's De Anima to Xia Dachang's Xingshuo
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsShen, V.
JournalJournal of Chinese Philosophy
Date Published2005
ISBN Number0301-8121
KeywordsAleni, Julius, Aristotle, Chinese, Dualism, Ethics, Heaven, Metaphysics, Plato, Platonism, Soul, Taoism, Unity

Early Jesuits in China and their Chinese followers adapted Aristotle's theory of soul into Chinese context. Their effort brought Scholastic interpretations of Aristotle into an early form of synthesis with Chinese thought in Aleni's 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2Xingxue Cushu1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT20RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2, Sambiasci's 1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT20RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2Lingyan Lishao1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT20RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 - and Xia Dachang's 1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT20RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2Xingshuo1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT20RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2. Under examination, their attachment to Aristotle's concept of substance and negligence of his effort to unify body and mind, their repressive rather than creative concept of virtue, and their concept of God as Ipsum Esse Substantiae, had hindered them from a deeper understanding of some basic ideas in Chinese philosophy and its nonsubstantialist concept of ultimate reality.1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2