About the presumed Chinese atheism, affirmed, denied or attenuated during the controversy on the Chinese Rites, the religious orders’ different interpretations clashed in China and above all in Europe, in a discussion in which Enlightenment thought, French especially, took part. If it was widely assumed that a lack of faith, even more than the practice of a wrong belief, influenced in a nearly deterministic manner a person’s outer and inner behaviour, one should ask whether and by how much the negative and horrible representation of the atheist’s human qualities – all the religions acknowledging by definition the atheist as the ‘other’ – contributed to weaken the Confucian atheist’s archetypal perception. The Confucian as described by the Society of Jesus – with his moral values, his governance aimed at the public good, the relevance he gave to science and culture – was neatly and obviously contrasting the representation of an atheist that had developed in European publications and essays. This might have curbed the atheist view of Confucianism itself.
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Titolo:||An Inter-Cultural Prism. The Representation of the Belief in the Atheism of the Chinese as a Play of Mirror between the Society of Jesus and Philosophes|
|Titolo del libro:||Representations of the Other and Intercultural Experiences in a Global Perspective|
|Tutti i curatori:||Guasti, Niccolò|
|Nome editore:||Mimesis International|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Capitolo/Saggio|
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