May 24, 2009

R.I.P., John DeFrancis

This is fresh word of mouth from Manyul Im's blog. Not many Analytic philosophers will be familiar with the name, but anyone who ever studied Chinese between 1970 and today has probably run across, if not fully read, the DeFrancis series in the course of their studies.

I found the tool indespensible as a model for my own study, and particularly, development of my vocabulary, and the latter portion of his in memoriam blog post has only further, technologically superior developments in the pipeline.

He was a pure academic philanthropist ("人能弘道; 非道弘人"), and his contributions will be sorely missed.

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