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Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, by Peter N. Miller, Francois Louis

By Peter N. Miller, Francois Louis

This publication is a venture in comparative heritage, yet alongside designated axes, one ancient and the opposite historiographical. Its function is to constructively juxtapose the early smooth ecu and chinese language ways to ancient learn which were known as "antiquarian." As an workout in old restoration, the essays during this quantity amass new information regarding the variety of antiquarian-type scholarship at the previous, on nature, and on peoples undertaken at both finish of the Eurasian landmass among 1500 and 1800. As a historiographical undertaking, the booklet demanding situations the received---and usually a great deal below conceptualized---use of the time period "antiquarian" in either ecu and chinese language contexts. Readers won't basically study extra in regards to the diversity of ecu and chinese language scholarship at the past---and specifically the cloth past---but they are going to even be in a position to combine many of the historiographical observations and corrections into new methods of conceiving of the heritage of ancient scholarship in Europe because the Renaissance, and to mirror at the effect of those eu phrases on chinese language ways to the chinese language previous. This comparability is a two-way highway, with the eu culture clarified through wisdom of chinese language practices, and chinese language methods larger understood whilst positioned along the eu ones.

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Writing Antiquarianism 33 In his pursuit of the wholeness of past lived life Boeckh represents the culmination and climax of one line of development that emerged in the early Renaissance fascination with ancient Roman texts. Another, also resumed in this turn to a material philology (Boeckh referred to “Sachphilologie”) was synonymous with Archaeology and emphasized visuality. ”30 Obviously, this would be a line that would lead back through Winckelmann, Piranesi and Caylus to artist-­antiquarians like Ligorio, but also forward to Jacob Burckhardt, a student of Boeckh’s who became an art historian.

And what would it mean for the history of Chinese historiography? 40 Without either Elman or Clunas referring to antiquarianism, both gesture provocatively at the longue durée of a historical approach that shapes our present-­day practice without our even knowing it. Notes 1. Alain Schnapp organized with Lothar von Falkenhausen, Tim Murray, and Irène Aghion an international research project dedicated to a “Universal History of Antiquarianism” which included a year at the Getty Research Institute in 2009–­10, a conference entitled Traces-­Collections-­Ruins: Towards a Comparative History of Antiquarianism, and a collection of papers.

Nathan Sivin comments on the different professional environments of physicians in early modern China and Europe. He sees the major differences in the Chinese absence of an organized medical profession and medical university education. Yet, physicians in China shared the same classical education with all members of the scholar elite, even if civil service, for whatever reasons, was not an option for them. Medicine was thus closely connected to classical learning and physicians, though often low in political rank, were closely enmeshed in the intellectual community.

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