Confucius the Stoic: The Encounter between Western and Chinese Philosophy in the Age of Matteo Ricci
2016 - 2017 (April-June)
Andrew Hui is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College. He received his PhD in comparative literature from Princeton in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford before joining the inaugural faculty of Singapore’s first liberal arts institution in 2012. He is the author of The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature (Fordham, Fall 2016) as well as articles in I Tatti Studies, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Renaissance Drama, and Classical Receptions Journal. He has received fellowships from the Whitney Humanities Center, the Warburg Institute, National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Bodleian Library.
In a letter of Matteo Ricci to his superior general in Rome, the famous Jesuit missionary to China described Confucius as “another Seneca.” My project examines how the Jesuit introduces ancient philosophy of the West to his hosts through finding equivalences with ancient Chinese thought and vice versa.