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Hsia, Florence C.

Works: 5 works in 27 publications in 1 language and 1,678 library holdings
Genres: History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BV2290, 266.252
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Most widely held works by Florence C Hsia
Sojourners in a strange land : Jesuits and their scientific missions in late imperial China by Florence C Hsia( )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though Jesuits assumed a variety of roles as missionaries in late imperial China, their most memorable guise was that of scientific expert, whose maps, clocks, astrolabes, and armillaries reportedly astonished the Chinese. But the icon of the missionary-scientist is itself a complex myth. Masterfully correcting the standard story of China Jesuits as simple conduits for Western science, Florence C. Hsia shows how these missionary-scientists remade themselves as they negotiated the place of the profane sciences in a religious enterprise. Sojourners in a Strange Land develops a genealogy of Jesuit conceptions of scientific life within the Chinese mission field from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Analyzing the printed record of their endeavors in natural philosophy and mathematics, Hsia identifies three models of the missionary man of science by their genres of writing: mission history, travelogue, and academic collection. Drawing on the history of early modern Europe’s scientific, religious, and print culture, she uses the elaboration and reception of these scientific personae to construct the first collective biography of the Jesuit missionary-scientist’s many incarnations in late imperial China."--
French Jesuits and the mission to China : science, religion, history by Florence C Hsia( )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A forum for experiments in science and apostolic ministry, the Jesuit mission in China encompassed several distinct approaches to constructing Jesuit commitments to natural philosophy and the mathematical sciences, to construing their apostolic efficacy, and to justifying the propriety of activities associated with these commitments. The first part of the dissertation is devoted to an examination of just such an experiment as it was instantiated in the French Jesuit mission to China. I try to make sense of both the plausibility and the novelty of a group of French Jesuits, sent by Louis XIV to China as mathematiciens du roi an members of the Paris Academie des Sciences. I address the question of how this particular combination of scientific and religious objectives was viewed by critics of the Jesuits and by the Jesuits themselves. I then examine the declining fortunes of the French Jesuit "Academie de la Chine" and the dissolution of a laboriously constructed alliance between the Compagnie de Jesus and the Academie des Sciences
Athanasius Kircher's China Illustrata (1667) : an apologia pro vita sua by Florence C Hsia( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesuits, Jupiter's satellites, and the Académie Royale des Sciences by Florence C Hsia( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The numbers of knowledge and the knowledge of numbers ; five investigators of nature : Robert Fludd, Johannes Kepler, Shao Yung, Wang Fu-chih, and Francis Bacon by Florence C Hsia( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sojourners in a strange land : Jesuits and their scientific missions in late imperial China
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Hsia, Florence.

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