Dr. Richard J. Smith is George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities Emeritus, and a Research Associate at the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University. Professor Smith's areas of expertise and research interests are Chinese intellectual and social history, as well as comparative history (China and Japan). He is currently working on a book-length study titled Magic Matters: Science and Medicine in Chinese Popular Culture, 1600-1800.
Glossaries for Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I-Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China
(Rice University, 2009-06) Smith, Richard J. (Richard Joseph), 1944-
During the past three thousand years or so, the Yijing has gradually become a global property. Having originated in China as an occult prognostication text that later attained the status of a “classic,” its influence gradually spread to other areas within
(Rice University, 2001-10) Smith, Richard J. (Richard Joseph), 1944-
This essay, based on research for a series of scholarly studies on the Yijing (I Ching or Classic of Changes), argues that the use of the Changes by the Jesuits in eighteenth century China, like the "accomodation strategy" of the Society of Jesus more gen