Diametros 54:138-160 (2017)

Dawid Rogacz
Adam Mickiewicz University
The aim of the article is to demonstrate that the contact between European philosophy and Chinese culture in the 17 th and 18 th centuries had an influence on the emergence and development of secularism, which became a distinctive feature of the Western Enlightenment. In the first part, I examine in what way knowledge of the history of China and the Confucian ethics contested the Biblical chronology and undermined faith as a prerequisite for morality. Subsequently, I analyze the attempts to refute these allegations, reinterpreting Confucianism as crypto-monotheism. In the third part, I will show how the debate on Chinese culture has contributed to the birth of the secular philosophy of history, which put an end to the Enlightenment Sinophilia. In conclusion, I will present the main limitations of the thesis about the influence of Chinese thought on the birth of secularism.
Keywords China and Europe  Chiny a Europa  Confucianism  Confucius  Enlightenment  Konfucjusz  Leibniz  Oświecenie  Voltaire  Wolter  ateizm
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DOI 10.13153/diam.54.2017.1137
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