• Wednesday 3 January 2024


  • Library Auditorium (G012) - University Library (E2), University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China
  • 澳門大學圖書館(E2)Library Auditorium (G012)

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of Macau

Video Record:


  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (GMT +8)


  • Free


  • English


  • Prof. Dr. Nevia Dolcini, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau

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Prof. Thierry Meynard S.J

Prof. Thierry Meynard S.J is currently professor and PhD director at the philosophy department of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, where he teaches Western Philosophy and Latin Classics. He is the vice-director of the Archive for Introduction of Western Knowledge, at Sun Yat-Sen University. In 2003, he obtained his PhD in Philosophy from Peking University, presenting a thesis on Liang Shuming. From 2003 to 2006, he taught philosophy at Fordham University, New York. Since 2006, he is a member of the Macau Ricci Institute. He has recently co-edited with Daniel Canaris, From Confucius to Zhu Xi: The First Treatise in François Noël’s Chinese Philosophy, 1711 (Brepols, 2023).



The Chinese Rites Controversy constitutes a watershed in the history of the Catholic mission in China. We shall first discuss how Father Matteo Ricci developed his understanding on the Chinese Rites long before the controversy erupted and analyze the evolution of his thought on the matter. Ricci decided for a generous interpretation on the nature of the Rites, and we shall analyze why and how his interpretation was finally rejected one hundred years after his death. We shall finally discuss the theological meaning of the Chinese Rites for today.