Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Li Chenyang

Associate Chair (Faculty), School of Humanities
Professor, School of Humanities

Prof Li Chenyang

Chenyang Li, a professor of philosophy, grew up in China and was among the first class of university students after the Cultural Revolution. He earned a BA and MA in Philosophy from Peking University, and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to NTU, he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Central Washington University (USA, 1999-2010). He has also served as chair of CWU Academic Department Chairs Organization, chair of the Personnel Committee of the College of Arts and Humanities, member of the President’s Advisory Council and of the Academic Affairs Council. For his contributions, he received CWU Distinguished Research Professor Award, Outstanding Department Chair Award, and Keys to Success Award (Student Service). He was a 2008-2009 ACE Fellow (American Council on Education).

His research interests include Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy. Among his publications are The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony (2014), The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Comparative Philosophy (1999), The Sage and the Second Sex: Confucianism, Ethics, and Gender (ed., 2000), The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Comparative Perspective (co-edited with Daniel A. Bell, 2013), Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character (co-edited with Peimin Ni), Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems (co-edited with Franklin Perkins, 2015), and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. He was a senior visiting research fellow at the City University of Hong Kong in 2005-2006 and an inaugural Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2015- 2016. He is a former president of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America, the current president of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, and currently serves on over 20 the academic/editorial boards of scholar publications and institutions. Chenyang Li has taught over twenty philosophy courses such as Introduction to Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, and Chinese Philosophy.

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Research Interests
Chenyang Li's research interest is primarily in Chinese philosophy. He has published extensively in classical Confucianism. His work also covers feminist philosophy, democracy, and human value.
Current Projects
  • 1. The Confucian Ideal of Harmony 2. Confucianism and Democracy 3. "Nanyang Symposium on Rediscovering Chinese Philosophy: New Dimensions."
  • Constructing a Contemporary Theory of Harmony
  • Harmony Index
  • Seminal Ideas in Classic Confucianism
  • Thome Fang's Philosophy of Comprehensive Harmony
Selected Publications
  • Chenyang Li. (2018, April). A Confucian Response to the Fungibility Problem of Friendship. Paper presented at Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, Rutgers University, USA.
  • Chenyang Li. (2018). Interpretation of Confucius: The Aesthetic Turn and Its Challenge. Dao, 17(2).
  • Chenyang Li. (2018, January). Revisiting Harmony. Paper presented at American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, USA.
  • Chenyang Li. (2018). A New Interpretation of Confucian Yinyang Philosophy for Gender Equality. Chuanshan Journal, 2018:1(1), 13-16.
  • Chenyang Li. (2017, November). Confucian Xiao as Filial Care. Paper presented at American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Boston.

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