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Blitstein, Pablo. Les Fleurs du royaume. Savoirs lettrés et pouvoir impérial en Chine (Ve-VIe siècles). Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2015.


Kurtz, Joachim. The Discovery of Chinese Logic. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Until 1898, Chinese and foreign scholars agreed that China had never known, needed, or desired a field of study similar in scope and purpose to European logic. Less than a decade later, Chinese literati claimed that the discipline had been part of the empire’s learned heritage for more than two millennia. This book analyzes the conceptual, ideological, and institutional transformations that made this drastic change of opinion possible and acceptable. Reconstructing the discovery of Chinese logic as a paradigmatic case of the epistemic shifts that continue to shape interpretations of China’s intellectual history, it offers a fresh view of the formation of modern academic discourses in East Asia and adds a neglected chapter to the global histories of science and philosophy.

Edited Volumes


Henningsen, Lena and Hofmann, Martin, ed. Tradition? Variation? Plagiat? Motive und ihre Adaption in China. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012.

Articles and Reviews


  •  Kroll, Charlotte. "Reading the Temperature Curve: Sinophone Schmitt-fever in Context and Perspective" In: Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World, edited by Kai Marchal and Carl K.Y. Shaw. Lanham et al.: Lexington Books, 2017, 103-119.



  • Blitstein, Pablo. "From Ornament to Literature: An Uncertain Substitution in 19th and 20th century China." Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) 28.1 (2016), 222-272. (
  • Bréard, Andrea. Review of Roger Hart's Imagined civilizations. China, the West, and their first encounter. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. The Mathematical Intelligencer 38.2 (2016), 80-82.
  • Hofmann, Martin. "Das Westmeer als Grenze – Zum Kontext der kartographischen Darstellung in Cao Erchengs Yugong zhengyi aus der frühen Qing-Zeit." In: Raum und Grenze in den China-Studien, edited by Roland Altenburger and Esther Bentmann. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2016, 19-37.
  • Jaskov, Helena. "Der Kangxi-Atlas und die Reichschronik: Verwendung von Karten und Ordnung des Raums." In: Raum und Grenze in den China-Studien, edited by Roland Altenburger and Esther Bentmann. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2016, 39-60.
  • Sassmann, Manuel. Review of Hu Minghui's China’s Transition to Modernity: The New Classical Vision of Dai Zhen. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. Monumenta Serica 64.1 (2016), 236-244.
  • Sassmann, Manuel (with Tsai Suey-Ling 蔡穗玲). "Foding zunsheng tuoluoni jing 《頂尊勝陀羅尼經》. The Sutra of the Glorious Buddha Crown Dhāraṇī." In Zhongguo fojiao shijing: Sichuan Sheng di san juan 中國佛教石經•四川省第三卷. Buddhist Stone Sutras in China: Sichuan Province Volume 3, edited by Lothar Ledderose and Sun Hua 孫華 (Wiesbaden and Hangzhou: Harrassowitz Verlag and China Academy of Art Press, 2016), 107-122.
  • Martin Hofmann: “以地图探讨古弱水的流域 [Explaining the Course of the Ancient Ruoshui with Help of Maps].” In: Hua Linfu 华林甫, Lu Wenbao 陆文宝 (eds.): 《清史地理研究》第二集 [Research on Geography in the Qing Dynasty, Volume 2] Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2016, pp. 324–343.


  • Blitstein, Pablo. "Liu Xie's Institutional Mind: Letters, Administrative Documents, and Political Imagination in 5th and 6th Century China." In A History of Chinese Letter and Epistolary Culture, edited by Antje Richter. Leiden: Brill, 2015, 331-362.
  • Blitstein, Pablo. Review of Nicolas Tackett's The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 2014. T'oung Pao 101.1-3 (2015), 259-264.
  • Bréard, Andrea. "Numerical Superstition." In Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, edited by R. Sybesma, Brill Online.


  • Bréard, Andrea. "On the Transmission of Mathematical Knowledge in Versified Form in China." In Scientific Sources and Teaching Contexts Throughout History: Problems and Perspectives, edited by A. Bernard and C. Proust, (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science; vol. 301). Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, 155-185.
  • Bréard, Andrea. "Homo ludens mathematicus. La quantification du hasard dans les pratiques combinatoires en Chine." Etudes chinoises (Revue de l’Association française d’études chinoises) XXXIII-2 (2014), dossier Chance, destin et jeux de hasard en Chine prepared by B. L’Haridon and V. Durand-Dastès (ed.), 73-102.
  • Kurtz, Joachim. "Disciplining the National Essence. Liu Shipei and the Reinvention of Ancient China’s Intellectual History." In Science and Technology in Modern China, 1880s–1940s, edited by Benjamin A. Elman and Jing Tsu. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014, 67-91.
  • Sassmann, Manuel (with Claudia Wenzel). "Fo shuo liu men tuoluoni jing 《佛說六門陀羅尼經》. The Dhāraṇī Sutra of the Six Gates Spoken by the Buddha." In Zhongguo fojiao shijing: Sichuan Sheng di er juan 中國佛教石經•四川省第二卷. Buddhist Stone Sutras in China: Sichuan Province Volume 2, edited by Tsai Suey-Ling 蔡穗玲 and Sun Hua 孫華 (Wiesbaden and Hangzhou: Harrassowitz Verlag and China Academy of Art Press, 2014), 35-41.



  • Hofmann, Martin. "Mit falschen Karten? Zur Bedeutung der Authentizität von Illustrationen in Klassiker-Kommentaren." In Tradition? Variation? Plagiat? – Motive und ihre Adaption in China, edited by Lena Henningsen and Martin Hofmann. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012, 275-294.
  • Hofmann, Martin. "Karten als Textinterpretationen. Beispiele aus Xu Wenjings Yugong huijian." In KartenWissen: Territoriale Räume zwischen Bild und Diagramm, edited by Stephan Günzel and Lars Nowak. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2012, 119-136.
  • Hofmann, Martin. Review of Knowledge and Text Production in an Age of Print – China, Tenth-Fourteenth Centuries edited by Lucille Chia and Hilde DeWeerdt. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Journal of Song-Yuan Studies 42 (2012), pp. 474-480.
  • Hofmann, Martin. “Barbar,” “Intervall,” and “Zentrum.” In Lexikon der Raumphilosophie, edited by Stephan Günzel. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2012, 48, 189-190, 465-466.
  • Kurtz, Joachim. "Translating the Vocation of Man: Liang Qichao (1873–1929), J. G. Fichte, and the Body Politic in Early Republican China." In Why Concepts Matter: Translating Political and Social Thought, edited by Martin J. Burke and Melvin Richter. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012, 153-176.


  • Hofmann, Martin. “The Biographer’s View of Craftsmanship.” In: Cultures of Knowledge: Technology in Chinese History, edited by Dagmar Schäfer. Leiden: Brill, 2011, 283-297.
  • Hofmann, Martin. “Frag-würdige Probleme – Chen Dayous (1198–1250) Bemühen um ein korrektes Verständnis des Shangshu.” In: Sprache und Wirklichkeit in China, edited by Christian Soffel, Daniel Leese and Marc Nürnberger. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011, 99-111.
  • Hofmann, Martin. Review of Christian Meyer's Ritendiskussionen am Hof der nördlichen Song-Dynastie (1034–1093). Zwischen Ritengelehrsamkeit, Machtkampf und intellektuellen Bewegungen (Monumenta Serica, Monograph series 58). Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 2008. China Review International 18.2 (2011), 218-220.
  • Kurtz, Joachim. "Domesticating a Philosophical Fiction: Chinese Translations of Immanuel Kant’s ‚Things in Themselves." Concept and Communication. 7 (2011), 165-202.  Korean Translation 2012.
  • Kurtz, Joachim. "Framing European Technology in Seventeenth-Century China Rhetorical Strategies in Jesuit Paratexts." In Cultures of Knowledge: Technology in Chinese History, edited by Dagmar Schäfer. Leiden: Brill, 2011, 209-232.


  • Kurtz, Joachim. "Messenger of the Sacred Heart: Li Wenyu (1840­-1911) and the Jesuit Periodical Press in Late Qing Shanghai." In From woodblocks to the Internet: Chinese publishing and print culture in transition, circa 1800 to 2008, edited by Cynthia Brokaw and Christopher A. Reed. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2010, 81­-110.
  • Steavu, Dominic. "Recent Publications in Daoist Studies", Cahiers-d’Extrême Asie 17 (2010), 341-55.
  • Steavu, Dominic. Review of Robert F. Campany's Making Transcendents Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China. Honolulu HI: University of Hawai’i Press 2009, Arc 38 (2010), 198-201.


  • Hofmann, Martin. “Die Verschiedenheit der Menschen unter dem Himmel - Cheng Dachangs (1123-1195) Erörterungen über die Barbaren.” In Menschenbilder in China, edited by Lena Henningsen and Heiner Roetz. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009, 67-78.
  • Kurtz, Joachim. "Logic." In Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, edited by Daniel Leese. Leiden: Brill, 2009.