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Bryan W. Van Norden

James Monroe Taylor Professor in Philosophy, Vassar College

Bryan W. Van Norden is a leading expert on Chinese thought. One of his recent books is Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. He is also the author, translator, or editor of nine other books on Chinese and comparative philosophy, including Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy.

Van Norden is James Monroe Taylor Chair in Philosophy at Vassar College (USA), and Chair Professor in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (China).

He is available for presentations, articles, or consultations on Chinese history, philosophy, and current affairs, including but not limited to Confucianism, Daoism (Taoism), Buddhism, and their contemporary relevance.


  • 1995–present
    Professor of Chinese Thought and History, Vassar College
  • 2017–present
    Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor, Yale-NUS College


  • 1991 
    Stanford University, PhD/Philosophy
  • 1985 
    University of Pennsylvania, BA/Philosophy


  • 2017
    Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto, Columbia University Press
  • 2014
    Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy (co-editor), Hackett Publishing
  • 2011
    Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy, Hackett Publishing
  • 2007
    Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy, Cambridge University Press
  • 2005
    Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (co-editor), Hackett Publishing
  • 2002
    Confucius and the Analects: New Essays, Oxford University Press

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
  • Society of Christian Philosphers
  • International Society for Chinese Philosophy


Fulbright Fellow, Mellon Fellow, NEH Grant