Document Type


Publication Date



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.


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.