ACIS Cassamarca scholarship award for 2013

Many congratulations to Daniel Canaris (PhD, University of Sydney) who has been awarded the ACIS Cassamarca Scholarship for research in Italy in 2013. His project will investigate the extent of Giambattista Vico’s involvement in the doctrinal controversy over the Chinese rites, a dispute over the continued use of Chinese ceremonies among Chinese Christian converts which engrossed all of Europe between the mid-17th and early-18th centuries. Despite its apparently narrow focus, the debate had broad ramifications, unsettling the fragile consensus reached on the relationship between paganism and Christianity. Research based on the study of original texts in Italian libraries will enable him to test the claim that by describing Confucian philosophy as “rozza e goffa” Vico is employing the same typology he applies to Greco-Roman myth – afforded a pivotal role in his teologia civile ragionata – and is therefore surreptitiously rehabilitating the role of Chinese cultural practices and beliefs in the designs of Providence.

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