Warp, Weft, and Way

Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學


  • Stephen C. Angle (安靖如) (blog administrator) is Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is a member of both the Philosophy Department and the College of East Asian Studies. Steve has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Steve’s interests include Neo-Confucianism, contemporary Chinese philosophy, ethics (especially virtue ethics), political philosophy (especially human rights), and the methodology of comparative philosophy. His most recent books are Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Polity, 2012) and Virtue Ethics and Confucianism, Co-editor with Michael Slote (Routledge, 2013). Contact: sangle@wesleyan.edu.
  • Tongdong Bai is a professor of philosophy at Fudan University in Shanghai. He was trained as a philosopher of physics (Ph.D., Boston University), but he has had an enduring interest in Chinese philosophy.  The latter has been and will be his main area of research.  On the basis of a few articles published in some English journals, he just had a book out in Chinese, in which he tries to show the contemporary and comparative relevance of classical Confucian political philosophy.  The title is, 旧邦新命 —古今中西参照下的古典儒家政治哲学(A New Mission of an Old State: Classical Confucian Political Philosophy in a Comparative and Contemporary Context).
  • Sébastien Billioud is Associate Professor of Chinese civilization in the Far Eastern Studies Department of University Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité. His research focuses on Confucianism in contemporary China with a cross-disciplinary approach in anthropology and intellectual history/philosophy. Contact: sebillioud@yahoo.fr.
  • Brian Bruya teaches Asian philosophy and allied courses at Eastern Michigan University. His long-standing interests are early China, action theory, aesthetics, and cognitive science.
  • Joseph Chan is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University. His research interests include Confucian political philosophy, contemporary liberalism and perfectionism, human rights, Aristotle’s political philosophy, and civil society. Contact: jcwchan@hku.hk.
  • Tim Connolly is Associate Professor of Philosophy at East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA, USA).  His research interests include ancient Greek philosophy, early Confucianism, and comparative philosophy  (a list of his publications is here: http://philpapers.org/profile/26766).  Tim’s book Doing Philosophy Comparatively is being published by Bloomsbury Press this year.
  • Carl J. Dull received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University where he studied both Chinese and Western traditions. He has taught at the Nanjing School of Foreign Language and worked for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Nanjing and Hong Kong. His major interest is early Chinese thought, especially Zhuangzi. His dissertation investigates wandering and the heart in Zhuangzi, and proposes various positive ethical ideals for caring for living. His current research looks at early Chinese thought as a resource for moral psychology and therapeutic practice. His previous work includes the power of inspiration in Confucius, the practical compatibility between Confucian principles and Human Rights, and the language games of Zhuangzi and Wittgenstein. Contact: cjdull@gmail.com.
  • David Elstein is assistant professor of philosophy at the State University of New York, New Paltz. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Though his initial training and research was in pre-Qin thought, recently he has become interested in contemporary Chinese philosophy, particularly Confucian political thought. He has published articles in Philosophy East and West and Dao, and is working on a book examining contemporary Chinese views on Confucianism and democracy.
  • Chris Fraser is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and graduate degrees from National Taiwan University and the University of Hong Kong. His area of specialization is classical Chinese philosophy, though he also works on later Chinese philosophy and has published articles on contemporary Anglo-American epistemology and philosophy of science. He is particularly interested in how early Chinese theories of mind, knowledge, and language intersect with contemporary epistemology, action theory, and ethics. His The Philosophy of the Mozi: The First Consequentialists is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Contact: fraser@hku.hk.
  • Steve Geisz is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tampa.  He has a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Philosophy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duke University.  His research interests include the philosophy of mind/language, classical Chinese philosophy, and political philosophy. His published work includes articles on the metaphysics of linguistic and mental representation, on Mengzi and philosophy of language, and on strategic voting in three-way elections.  He is currently working on moral psychology and early Confucianism.
  • Paul R. Goldin is Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.  He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He is the author of Confucianism (2011), After Confucius: Studies in Early Chinese Philosophy (2005), The Culture of Sex in Ancient China (2002), and Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi (1999); in addition, he has edited the Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Han Fei (2012), as well as the reprint edition of R.H. van Gulik’s Sexual Life in Ancient China (2003), and is currently editing the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Confucius and the Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History.  His research focus is intellectual and cultural history, but the study of early China is necessarily interdisciplinary, and his work also involves archaeology, art history, literature, philosophy, and religion.  Contact: prg@sas.upenn.edu.
  • Chad Hansen is Emeritus Professorof Philosophy of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong and the author of Language and Logic in Ancient China and A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought. For more information, see his personal website.
  • Bill Haines is a philosophical dilettante whose most most recent academic position was a postdoc at the University of Hong Kong. He has a Ph.D in ethical theory from Harvard. His publications include “The Purloined Philosopher: Youzi on Learning by Virtue” (Philosophy East & West 58:4), “Confucianism and Moral Intuition” (in Fraser, Robins, & O’Leary, eds., Ethics in Early China, HKU 2011, “Consequentialism” (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy), “Hedonism and the Variety of Goodness” (Utilitas 22:2), “Aristotle on the Unity of the Just” (Méthexis 2006), and 伦理学:美国制学法  (中国社会科学院, 1994), a handbook for China on how to teach Western ethics, translated into Chinese for him. He is trying to expand a paper on what it is to represent something.
  • Yong Huang, Ph.D in Philosophy (Fudan University) and Th.D in Theology (Harvard University), is a professor of philosophy at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and the editor of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, with an interdisciplinary (philosophical and religious) and comparative (Chinese and Western) in moral (ethical and political) philosophy.
  • Michael Ing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. He has a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Michael studies the early period of Confucianism (5th century BCE to 2nd century CE), with an emphasis on the Liji. His current book, The Dysfunction of Ritual in Early Confucianism (due out with Oxford University Press in October 2012), analyzes the ways in which the authors of the Liji coped with the possibility that their rituals might fail to create an ordered world. Michael’s interests, from a broader perspective, concern issues vulnerability as they relate to Confucian accounts of the human condition, and Confucian attitudes toward the ability, or inability, of human beings to determine their own welfare. Contact: ming@indiana.edu.
  • Karyn Lai is the author of Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (2008, Cambridge University Press) and Learning from Chinese Philosophies (2006, Ashgate Publishing). Her areas of expertise in Chinese philosophy are in early (pre-Qin) Confucian and Daoist philosophies. Her work is often of a comparative nature, drawing insights from Chinese philosophies to address contemporary ethical issues, including those in environmental ethics. Her current research project investigates reasoning, critical thinking and argumentative strategies in early Chinese Philosophy. She is Co-Editor (with Vincent Shen) of the “Chinese Comparative Philosophy” section of the journal Philosophy Compass, published by Blackwell.
  • Hui-chieh Loy – I am currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. While my research centers on early Chinese thought (my dissertation was on the moral philosophy of the Mozi “Core Chapters”), I have a continuing interest in ancient Greek thought, early modern and contemporary ethics and political philosophy, among other things. My official web profile is at http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/philoyhc/ and you can reach me at philoyhc@nus.edu.sg.
  • Kai Marchal is an associate professor at the Philosophy Department of National Chengchi University (Taipei). He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Munich (Sinology and Philosophy, 2006). While he specializes in Chinese philosophy and intellectual history, he is also interested in Western moral and political theory. His most recent publication is an edited volume on the reception of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in China and Taiwan (Lexington, 2017; co-editor with Carl K.Y. Shaw). Contact: marchal@nccu.edu.tw.
  • Alexus McLeod is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut, specializing in Pre-Qin and Han philosophy (especially Confucianism); also a history, politics, and literature buff, coffee addict, football maniac, and all around “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Contact: alexusm@gmail.com
  • Hans-Georg Moeller is Professor and Subject Convenor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Program at the University of Macau in Macau, China. He is the author of Luhmann Explained (Open Court, 2006), Daoism Explained (Open Court, 2004), The Philosophy of the Daodejing (Columbia, 2006), The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality (Columbia, 2009), and The Radical Luhmann (Columbia University Press, 2011). Contact: hmoeller@umac.mo
  • Hagop Sarkissian is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Baruch College, and the CUNY Graduate Center.  His research is located at the intersection of ethics, cognitive science, and Chinese philosophy.  He is currently working on a book-length treatment of the moral psychology of Confucius and its relevance for contemporary normative ethics.  He spent the fall of 2006 as a Visiting Scholar at the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Sarkissian holds a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Philosophy from Duke University.  He resides in Brooklyn.
  • Aaron Stalnaker is an associate professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University.  He studies ethics and philosophy of religion, giving serious attention to both Chinese and Western theories and practices.  With regard to Chinese philosophy, he specializes in Warring States thought.  His first book, Overcoming Our Evil: Human Nature and Spiritual Exercises in Xunzi and Augustine (Georgetown University Press, 2006), is a comparative study of different models of moral and religious personal formation.  His current research concerns the ethics of hierarchy and political implications of Confucianism.  He founded and currently co-chairs the Comparative Religious Ethics Group within the American Academy of Religion.  Stalnaker holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Stanford University.
  • Justin Tiwald teaches ethics, political philosophy and Chinese philosophy at San Francisco State University. Although he works across the tradition, he’s rather fond of the neo-Confucians and even fonder of their critics.
  • Yang Xiao is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kenyon College. He has been the Book Review Editor of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy since 2005. His main research Interests are Ethics and Moral Psychology, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, and Political Philosophy. For more information about Yang Xiao, see his website: http://personal.kenyon.edu/xiaoy/
  • Jenny Zhao (趙靜一) is a PhD student at the Faculty of Classics in the University of Cambridge. She is interested in pre-Qin Chinese philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and comparative studies of the ancient worlds. Her PhD research compares the role of shame and its related concepts in the ethics of Xunzi and Aristotle. Jenny is enthusiastic about classics outreach and inter-cultural exchange by means of introducing the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome to China and promoting the study of Chinese classics in the UK and beyond. Contact: jz292@cam.ac.uk.

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