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Paul Serruys, Stephen Durrant, Ancient China


Confucius defined a teacher as someone who, “Warms up the past in order to know the present.”1 Today I would like to warm up a different kind of past, not a literary, linguistic, philosophical, cultural, or technical past, by which we discern whether one is a teacher, but I would like to warm up a historical past about teachers themselves, especially those previous Sinological masters who fashioned their students into a new generation of Sinologists. I know that Steve will blush when I refer to him as a “Sinological master,” but perhaps my remarks today will persuade everyone else here in the room that he is among those giants upon whose shoulders my generation of teachers and scholars stand.



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