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

Graduate Programs in Chinese Philosophy

Here follows an alphabetic list of PhD programs in philosophy in which one can study Chinese philosophy in English. For each program, we include:

  • Link to department
  • Names of those whose specialization relates to Chinese philosophy, with links to their webpages
  • Link to placement information
  • Further information about studying Chinese philosophy there

At the bottom of the list, we also list MA-specific programs that include an emphasis on Chinese philosophy, as well as “Cognate Programs” (i.e., non-Philosophy PhD programs) with specialists in Chinese philosophy. (We hope to include more each information on programs in each of these categories in the near future.)

We have chosen to present descriptive information without guidance or evaluation. For discussion of how to pursue graduate training in Chinese philosophy, the following might be of use:

The initial work on this list was conducted by Yong Huang, Steve Angle, Jim Behuniak, and Alexus McLeod. We welcome additions, comments, or corrections.


Recent changes (as of June 20 2017):

  • Added Van Norden (two-year visitor at Yale-NUS) to NUS listing

Australia National University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong
CUNY Graduate Center
Duke University
East China Normal University
Georgetown University
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Lingnan University
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
National University of Singapore
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
University of New Mexico
University of Auckland
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Riverside
University of Connecticut
University of Hawaii
University of Hong Kong
University of Macau
University of New South Wales
University of Oklahoma
University of Toronto
University of Utah


Australia National University

Specialists:

  • Bronwyn Finnigan, philosophy of action, ethics, philosophy of mind and epistemology in Western and Asian philosophical traditions
  • Koji Tanaka, Buddhist Philosophy and Logic, Chinese Philosophy

Placement information

Further information:


Chinese University of Hong Kong

Specialists:

  • David Chai, Daoist philosophy, comparative philosophy
  • Chung-yi Cheng, Confucianism, Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy
  • Yong Huang, Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, moral philosophy
  • Kai-chiu Ng, Chinese philosophy, Confucianism
  • Zhihua Yao, Buddhist philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy

Placement information not available

Further information:


City University of Hong Kong (Department of Public Policy)

Specialists:

  • Ho-mun Chan, comparative philosophy
  • Ruiping Fan, Confucianism, comparative bioethics
  • Eirik Harris, Chinese philosophy (especially the political thought of Han Fei and Xunzi), comparative philosophy, contemporary moral and political philosophy
  • Philip J. Ivanhoe, Chinese philosophy
  • Sungmoon Kim, Chinese philosophy, political philosophy

Placement information not available

Further information:


CUNY Graduate Center

Specialists:

  • Graham Priest, Philosophical logic, Philosophies of Mathematics and Language, Metaphysics, History of Philosophy (East and West), Buddhist Philosophy
  • Hagop Sarkissian, Moral Psychology, Metaethics, Chinese Philosophy, Cognitive Science of Religion

Placement Information

Further Information:


Duke University

Specialists:

  • Owen Flanagan, Philosophy of Mind and Psychiatry, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Cross-Cultural Philosophy
  • David B. Wong, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Ethics

Placement information

Further Information:


East China Normal University

Specialists (for details on all the below individuals in English, see here; for more on the department faculty in Chinese, see here):

  • Yang Guorong, metaphysics, ethics, history of Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy
  • Zong Desheng, philosophy of language, ethics, comparative philosophy
  • Yu Zhenhua, metaphysics, epistemology and comparative philosophy
  • Fang Xudong, Neo-Confucianism, Confucian Ethics, Interpretation of classics
  • Xue Yu, Chinese Buddhism
  • Liu Liangjian, Chinese philosophy, comparative study of Chinese and Western philosophy
  • Paul Joseph D’Ambrosio, Chinese philosophy, Neo-Daoism (Xuanxue), comparative study of Western and Chinese philosophy, ethics

Placement information not available

Further information:

See the departmental link above for more information on the history and scope of the department’s English-language programs.


Georgetown University

Specialists:

  • Erin Cline (primary appointment in Theology; Associate Member of the Philosophy Department and a member of its Primary Dissertation Faculty), early Chinese ethical, religious, and political thought

Placement information

Further information:

Students can apply to the Philosophy PhD program to work with Professor Cline and/or other Philosophy department members with appreciation for Asian or comparative philosophy. Georgetown offers classical Chinese and has many other Asianists in history, religious studies, and elsewhere. Students can also apply to the Ph.D. program in Theological and Religious Studies (housed in the Theology Department) to study Chinese philosophy.


Hong Kong Baptist University

Specialists:

  • Benedict Chan, Social & Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind
  • Jonathan Chan, Chinese philosophy
  • LO Ping Cheung, Applied Ethics, Religious Ethics, Chinese Philosophy
  • NG Yau-nang, New Confucianism, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Religious Philosophy
  • Lauren Pfister, Chinese philosophy
  • Ellen Zhang, Chinese philosophy

Placement information not available

Further information:


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Specialists:

Placement information not available

Further Information:


Lingnan University

Specialists:

Placement information not available

Further information:


Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Specialists:

  • LI Chenyang, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
  • PARK So Jeong, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Music, Daoism and Buddhism
  • SUNG Hiu Chuk Winnie, Chinese Philosophy, Self-knowledge , Moral Psychology
  • Alan Chan, Primary: Daoism and Confucianism; Secondary: Hermeneutics and Critical Theory

Placement information not available

Further information:

The NTU Philosophy Group was established in view of the rich intellectual and cultural resources available at a research-intensive science and technological university located in culturally affluent Singapore. As such, the master plan of our programmes is focused primarily on (1) Philosophy of Science and (2) Chinese Philosophy. Both areas of research are conducted with an interdisciplinary approach and an East-West comparative perspective.


National University of Singapore

Specialists:

  • LOY Hui Chieh, Chinese Philosophy, Greek Philosophy
  • TAN Sor Hoon, Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Pragmatism
  • Cecilia LIM, Comparative Environmental Ethics (etc.),
  • LO Yuet Keung (Chinese studies; classes in Chinese), Chinese Philosophy
  • Elton CHAN (Yale-NUS), Confucianism, comparative political philosophy, ideal and non-ideal theory, republicanism, virtue ethics, liberalism, neutrality and perfectionism
  • Scott Cook (Yale-NUS), Chinese texts and intellectual history
  • Cathay LIU (Yale-NUS), history of philosophy
  • Bryan Van Norden (Yale-NUS), Chinese Philosophy
  • Matthew Walker (Yale-NUS), Ancient Greek philosophy, comparative philosophy

Placement information not available

Further information:

As a group, the NUS and affiliated Yale-NUS graduate faculty includes twenty-one philosophers actively working on projects in moral and political philosophy; metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind; Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy, and the history of Western philosophy.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Specialists:

  • Douglas Berger, Indian Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, 19th & 20th Century Continental Philosophy

Placement information not available

Further information:

“In addition to being one of the primary programs in the country at which one may study the American philosophical tradition, we also specialize in Continental and Asian thought.”


University of New Mexico

Specialists:

  • Emily McRae– Buddhist Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Feminism

Placement information

Further information:

UNM has a number of faculty in areas that may also be of interest to some studying Chinese Philosophy, such as Indian Philosophy and Tibetan Philosophy.  They are making a hire this year in Buddhist Philosophy.


University of Auckland

Specialists:

Placement information

Further information:

Asian Philosophy is not listed as an area of expertise in the Auckland program’s listing of postgraduate specializations, but it does say that one can customize a course of study suitable to one’s particular needs and interests.


University of British Columbia

Specialists:

Placement information not available

Further information:

Slingerland is housed in the Department of Asian Studies, but is an Associate member of the Department of Philosophy. See here for more information on his graduate supervision.


University of California, Berkeley

Specialists:

Placement information

Further information:

There is no regular track or concentration in Chinese philosophy in the Berkeley program, the department stresses however that its Ph.D. program is “structured to give students a high degree of independence in tailoring their studies to their interests.” Professor Shun “teaches two courses a year, primarily on Chinese philosophy and moral psychology, and devotes the rest of his time to researching and promoting the philosophical study of Confucian thought.”


University of California, Riverside

Specialists:

Placement information

Further information:

Raphals is in the department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, but is also affiliated with the Philosophy Department as “Cooperating Faculty”.


University of Connecticut 

Specialists:

  • Alexus McLeod, Chinese Philosophy, Mesoamerican Philosophy (esp. Maya), Comparative Philosophy

Placement information

Further information:

UConn also has a number of philosophers working in other areas that may be of interest to students of Chinese Philosophy, as well as Peter Zarrow in the History department, who works on Modern Chinese Thought.


University of Hawaii

Specialists:

  • Chung-ying Cheng, Chinese Philosophy (Classical and Neo-Confucianism), Comparative Philosophy
  • Franklin Perkins, Classical Chinese Philosophy, Early Modern European Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Placement information

Further information:

A number of other faculty in the Philosophy Department work in areas possibly of interest to students of Chinese Philosophy, including Indian Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy.  Perkins starts at Hawaii in January 2017.


University of Hong Kong

Specialists:

  • Joseph Chan, Confucian political philosophy
  • Jiwei CI, Social philosophy, political philosophy, ethics; modern and contemporary China viewed from the perspectives of social and political philosophy and ethics
  • Chris Fraser, Mohist philosophy, Daoist philosophy, Confucian philosophy, ethics, theory of action
  • Dan Robins, Mohist philosophy, Daoist philosophy, Confucian philosophy
  • TANG Siu-fu, Early Confucianism (in particular the thought of Xunzi), ethics and political philosophy, comparative philosophy, and issues of modernity and Chinese thought.

Placement information not available

Further information:

Joseph Chan is in the Department of Politics and Public Administration; Tang Siu-fu is in the Department of Chinese.


University of Macau

Specialists:

  • Jinhua Jia, Buddhist philosophy
  • Hans-Georg Moeller, Daoist philosophy, social theory, comparative philosophy, Chinese philosophy
  • Weigang Chen, Confucian philosophy
  • Mario Wenning, Social and Political Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy, Aesthetics
  • Victoria Harrison, analytic philosophy of religion with a focus on ancient Indian and classical Chinese philosophies.

Placement information not available

Further information:

(1/19/2017) The program is currently accepting PhD students and steadily growing every year. This applies to the research projects of various faculty members but most notably to the one Hans-Georg Moeller is currently directing, namely, “Daoist Philosophy in Contemporary Contexts: Strategies of Sanity in Today’s World.” There are three students currently writing their doctoral dissertations under this funding scheme.


University of New South Wales

Specialists:

  • Karyn Lai, Chinese philosophy, Environmental philosophy

Placement information not available

Further information:

Classical Chinese philosophy is listed as one of several “History and Philosophical Traditions” concentrations offered in the program.


University of Oklahoma

Specialists:

Placement information

Further information:


University of Toronto

Specialists:

Placement information

Further information:

The Toronto program prides itself on offering broad coverage in all areas of the history of Philosophy, as well as “in aspects of the history of non-Western philosophy.”


University of Utah

Specialists:

  • Eric Hutton, Chinese philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, ethics

Placement information

Further information:

The Philosophy department is willing to offer financial support to both MA/MS and PhD students. Students who are interested in Chinese philosophy may also wish to investigate the MA program in Asian Studies, if they are interested in pursuing a more inter-disciplinary track.


MA only

Eastern Michigan University

  • Details here. One of the department’s two MA tracks is in pluralistic philosophical “methodology.”

Fudan University (Shanghai)

East China Normal University (Shanghai)

  • Information on the English-language MA program at ECNU is available here

Renmin University (Beijing)

  • Details on the English-language MA Program in “Chinese Philosophy, Religion, and Culture are here

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Wuhan University

  • Details on the English-language International MA Program here , and an update here.


Cognate Programs

Boston University (Robert Neville)

Georgetown University (Erin Cline, Theology; see also above for Philosophy options)

Harvard University (Michael Puett, Peter Bol)

Indiana University (Aaron Stalnaker, Michael Ing, Nicholas Vogt); see also here.

KU Leuven (Carine Defoort, Nicolas Standaert); see also here.

London School of Economics (Leigh Jenco)

Northwestern (Loubna El Amine)

Pennsylvania State University (Erica Brindley, On-cho Ng)

University of California, Berkeley (Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Michael Nylan)

University of Chicago Divinity School (Brook Ziporyn)

University of Pennsylvania (Paul Goldin)

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