Padre Matteo Ricci
 

Matteo Ricci, innovator of China

 
edit by prof. Filippo Mignini

 The  innovations  produced  by  Matteo  Ricci  in  China  can  be  classified  in  three  categories.  The  first  category  -  fundamental  and  incomparable  -  regards  the  opening  up  of  China  to  the  world,  the  second  his  scientific  and  technological  innovations,  and  the  third  his  philosophical,  religious,  literary,  and  artistic  ones.  In  terms  of  effectiveness  and  duration,  the  first  one  constituted  an  event  of  such  incalculable  significance  that  it  alone  would  justify  China's  eternal  gratitude  to  i  Madou.  The  second  category  also  produced  enduring,  albeit  different,  effects,  while  the  third  one  -  which  directly  concerns  the  deep  culture  of  a  people,  its  sense  of  life,  and  its  affective  representations  of  the  world  -  is  the  one  that  met  with  the  greatest  resistance  and  produced  the  least  results,  even  though  it  had  a  certain  immediate  impact  in  the  transmission  of  a  different  civilization.

 
 

Matteo Ricci, innovator of China
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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