Warp, Weft, and Way

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

Stanford Encyclopedia Chinese Philosophy Entries (call for suggestions)


We are seeking to expand the Stanford Encyclopedia list of entries in Chinese philosophy, and are seeking suggestions.  We are aware there are many gaps in the coverage and we have some topics in mind already.  However, we thought we should also ask for suggestions from members of this group, on entries that would be helpful.  Please keep your suggestions brief and please bear in mind the nature of the SEP and its readership (https://plato.stanford.edu/about.html). We welcome suggestions on topics as well as authors.  The current list is appended below for your reference.

Best wishes,

Karyn Lai (University of New South Wales, Sydney)

Tan Sor-Hoon (Singapore Management University)



  1. Chinese aesthetics
    The emotions in Chinese philosophy
    Religious experience in Chinese philosophy

    Li Zhi
    Wang Fuzhi
    Tan Sitong
    Wang Guowei
    Xiong Shili

  2. Ruism and Confucianism
    Quiet-sitting and Contemplative Practices in Neo-Confucianism
    Confucian Democracy
    Confucian Feminism
    Three Teachings in Chinese Philosophy
    Four Books and Five Classics in Confucianism
    Boston Confucianism

    Mou Zongsan
    Liang Shuming
    Tang Junyi

  3. Military Thought

  4. Cheng brothers
    Wang Bi
    Zhang Zai
    Dai Zhen
    Lu Xiangshan
    Wang Fuzhi (already suggested by Theo)

    (There is already a Xunzi, by Paul Goldin, but it’s not on the list above.)

  5. Thank you all. v helpful. Suggestions for authors to write particular entries are also welcome!

    @Harvey – you’re right about the Xunzi entry by Paul Goldin. Should have been on the list.

  6. I find the “Caigentan” to be a marvelous resource, especially for anyone interested in running an Asian thought class in the currently popular “Philosophy as a Way of Life”- manner— it reminds me of reading Marcus Aurelius at times. So, it might be nice to have an entry on it or on its author, Hong Zicheng.

  7. Guo Xiang
    Cheng Xuanying
    Hanshan Deqing
    Juelang Daosheng
    Wang Fuzhi
    Fang Yizhi

  8. My students and I use the SEP a lot, and I think it is such an extremely valuable platform for public education on philosophy. I hope there is a similar platform for the discipline of religious studies, but it turns out no. I would like to recommend a few people (if not too brash, including myself) for the mentioned entries:

    JeeLoo Liu, for the entry of Wang Fuzhi.
    Alexus McLeod, for the entry of Wang Chong.
    Gino LaPaglia (National Intelligence University), for the entry of Military Thought.
    Stephen C. Walker (Chicago U), for the entry of Guo Xiang.
    Tony Swain, for the entry of Ruism and Confucianism.
    Bin Song, for the entry of Quiet-sitting and Contemplative Practices in Neo-Confucianism.


  9. Dawid Rogacz (Poland), will be very good for an entry on Zhang Xuecheng, as well.

  10. Zhou Dunyi
    Gongfulun and Practical Wisdom

  11. Analects’ commentarial tradition
    Dao De Jing’s commentarial tradition


  12. Han Feizi seems to be an obvious omission, to me. I also endorse all of Harvey’s suggestions, along with Bin’s suggestions of Mou Zongsan and Tang Junyi.

  13. Thanks, everyone.

  14. Maybe:

    Self-cultivation in the Chinese tradition

    New Confucianism (including mou Zongsun)

  15. Zhan Ruoshui
    Luo Qinshun

  16. Philology / Kaozheng / Evidentiary Learning

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