Dr. Bai Tongdong (known by his students as Master Bai, or BaiZi 白子) is a world-renowned scholar of Chinese political philosophy. 

Research and teaching interests: traditional Chinese political philosophy; political philosophy

Non-research teaching interests: early analytic philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics 



2011-present Dongfang Chair Professor, School of Philosophy, FudanUniversity

2010-present Professor, School of Philosophy, FudanUniversity

2009-2010    Associate Professor, Tenured, Philosophy Department, XavierUniversity

2003-2009    Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Philosophy department, Xavier 


May 2008     Visiting Professor, School of Philosophy, RenminUniversity, Beijing

May 2004     Visiting Professor, Philosophy Department and the Institute of Foreign 

Philosophy, PekingUniversity, Beijing



1996-2004    Department of philosophy, BostonUniversity

                     Ph.D., Dissertation: “Philosophy and Physics: Action-at-a-distance and 

Locality.”  First reader: Dr. John Stachel                            

2001-2002    Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT

Dibner Graduate Student Fellow.

1994-1996    Peking (Beijing) University, China

M.A. in Philosophy of Science.  Thesis: “On the EPR Paradox.”

1989-1994    Peking (Beijing) University, China

B.S. in Nuclear Physics.

Selected works:

-China: The Middle Way of the Middle Kingdom.  Forthcoming by Zed Books in the Global Political Theory Series.

-A New Mission of an OldState: The Contemporary and Comparative Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy(Chinese).  PekingUniversity Press, May, 2009.

-Tension of Reality: Einstein, Bohr, and Pauli in the EPR Debates (Chinese).  PekingUniversity Press, May, 2009.

-“Against Democratic Education”, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 43:5, 2011, 615-622.

-“Preliminary Remarks: Han Fei Zi—First Modern Political Philosopher?”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 38, No. 1/March 2011, 4-13.

-“What to Do in an Unjust State? -- On Confucius’s and Socrates’s Views on Political Duty”, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 9, No. 4/December, 2010, 375-390.

-“Studies in Analytic Philosophy in China,” co-authored with Yi Jiang, Synthese, Vol. 175, No. 1/June, 2010, 3-12.

-“How to Rule without Taking Unnatural Actions (无为而治): A Comparative Study of the Political Philosophy of the Laozi”, Philosophy East & WestPhilosophy East & West, Vol. 59, No. 4/October, 2009, 481-502. 

- “The Price of Serving Meat: On the Confucian and Mencian Views of Animal and Human Rights”, Asian Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 1/March 2009, 85-99.

- “An Ontological Interpretation of You (something) () and Wu (Nothing) () in the Laozi”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, June 2008, Vol. 35, Issue 2, 339-351.

-“A Mencian Version of Limited Democracy”, Res Publica, Vol. 14, No. 1/March, 2008, 19-34.

-“Back to Confucius: A Comment on the Debate on the Confucian Idea of Consanguineous Affection”, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 7, No. 1, March, 2008, 27-33.

-“The Analects and Forms of Governance”, in Dao Companion to the Analects, edited by Amy Olberding, Springer, forthcoming.

-“Early Confucians’ Political Philosophy”, in Dao Companion to Classical Confucianism, edited by Vicent Shen, Springer, forthcoming.

-“Chinese Political Philosophy”, in Routledge Companion to Political and Social Philosophy, edited by Fred D’Agostino and Jerry Gaus, forthcoming.

Courses Taught:

Han Fei Zi, Comparative Philosophy (Chinese and Western), Western Moral Philosophy, Early Analytic Philosophy, The Analects and the Mencius, Pre-Qin Confucianism and Legalism, Traditional Chinese political philosophy (pre-Qin); Democracy and Its Critics; Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; Symbolic Logic; Theory of Knowledge.


Contact information:

School of Philosophy, FudanUniversity, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai, China 200433

Email: baitongdong@fudan.edu.cn

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