The Shilu by Juan Cobo, O.P. (1593): a paradigm of scientific and philosophical exchange between East and West

Viaggiatori. 2018;:2-28 DOI 10.26337/2532-7623/CERVERA


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Journal Title: Viaggiatori

ISSN: 2532-7364 (Print); 2532-7623 (Online)

Publisher: Fabio D'Angelo

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Transportation and communications

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: Italian, French, English

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Jose Antonio CERVERA JIMENEZ (El Colegio de México)


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Abstract | Full Text

When the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines at the end of the 16th century, several Catholic missionaries settled in Manila with the goal of creating a permanent mission in the Chinese empire. One of them was Juan Cobo (?-1592). His most important work, the Shilu, was the first book written in Chinese that introduced some aspects of European science of his time. It might be considered a cultural bridge between China and Europe. This paper analyzes the Shilu’s philosophical and scientific contents