Xinyan Jiang

Professor, Philosophy

Office: Philosophy, Hall of Letters #305

Phone: 909/748-8653



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Chinese philosophy
  • Comparative philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminism

Description of Research and Professional Background Highlights

Trained in both Chinese and Western philosophy, I have focused my research on Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, ethics and feminism. I have published in all these areas. My publications have appeared in various scholarly journals and several anthologies. I am also the editor of two books. In addition, I am actively involved in some professional organizations. Currently, I am Deputy Director and Treasurer of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 120 Ethics and Social Philosophy
  • PHIL 150 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL 160 Chinese Civilization (as an on-campus course or a travel course with community service component)
  • PHIL 310 Philosophy and Feminism
  • PHIL 312 Chinese Buddhism
  • PHIL 314 Daoism
  • PHIL 316 Confucianism
  • PHIL 460 Comparative Ethics
  • PHIL 461 Philosophy Practicum
  • First Year Seminar China: A Philosophical Exploration First Year Seminar: Past and Present: Chinese People’s Stories
  • First Year Seminar: Chinese Medicine, Fengshui, and Martial Arts
  • AST 120 Chinese/Japanese Calligraphy
  • Directed Studies on Chinese Philosophy or Chinese Language

Degrees Held

  • BA in Philosophy from Peking University (1982)
  • MA in Philosophy from Peking University (1984)
  • MA in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati (1991)
  • PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati (1994)

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Peking University (Beijing University)
    Lecturer (the equivalent of an Assistant Professor) in Moral Philosophy (September 1984-October 1987)
  • Gonzaga University
    Visiting Instructor (September 1994-May 1995)
  • The University of Memphis
    Visiting Assistant Professor (August 1995-May 1997)
  • Grand Valley State University
    Assistant Professor (August 1997- August 2000 )

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • University of St. Andrews, Great Britain
    Visiting Scholar in the Department of Moral Philosophy (January 1988-January 1989)
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Reader for a course in Chinese philosophy (Spring Semester 1993)
  • Harvard University
    Visiting Scholar in the Department of East Asian Language and Civilization (April-September, 1994)

Major Awards and Grants Received

  • Sino-British Friendship Scholarship (October 1987-January 1989), the Chinese State Education Commission and the British Council
  • Charles Phelps Taft Graduate Fellowships for 1992-1993, and 1993-1994, University of Cincinnati
  • NEH Grant for 2001 Summer Institute, “Continuities and Crises: The Interplay of Religion and Politics in China,” the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center (June-July, 2001)
  • The 2001-2002 Award for Outstanding Research/Creative Activity, University of Redlands

Significant publications and Presentations

Selected Publications


  • "Chinese Philosophy in the English Speaking World," ed. with Introduction Chapter (Beijing: China Renmin [People’s] University Press, forthcoming).
  • "The Examined Life: Chinese Perspectives," ed. with Introduction Chapter (Binghamton: Global Publications at State University of New York, 2002).


  • “Mengzi: Human Nature is Good,” in David Jones and Ellen Klein eds. Teaching Texts and Contexts: The Art of Infusing Asian Thought and Culture (Albany: State University of New York Press, forthcoming)
  • “Confucianism, Women, and Social Contexts,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 36:2 (June 2009)
  • “Enlightenment Movement” in Bo Mou ed. History of Chinese Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2008)
  • “Ethics” in Jiyuan Yu and Zhiwei Zhang eds. Frontiers in Western Philosophy [##########:##] (Beijing: China Renmin [People’s] University Press, 2008)
  • “Courage and Self-Control,” in Harun Tepe and Stephen Voss eds. The Proceedings of the 21st World Congress of Philosophy, vol. 1 (Ankara, Philosophical Society of Turkey, 2007)
  • “The Concept of the Relational Self and Its Implications for Education,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 33:4 (December 2006)
  • “Why was Mengzi not a Vegetarianist?” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 32:1(Spring 2005)
  • “Mencius on Responsibility,” in Xinyan Jiang ed. The Examined Life: Chinese Perspectives. "
  • Courage, Passion, and Virtue" in Bo Mou ed. Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophies (Beijing: Shangwu Press, 2002)
  • "Zhang Dongsun: Pluralist Epistemology and Chinese Philosophy," in Nick Bunnin and Cheng Chung-ying eds. Contemporary Chinese Philosophy (Oxford: Blackwell 2002).
  • “The Dilemma Faced by Chinese Feminists,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 15:3 (Summer 2000).
  • "What Kind of Knowledge Does A Weak-willed Person Have?" Philosophy East and West 50:2 (April 2000).
  • "Courage and the Aristotelian Unity of Action and Passion," Philosophical Inquiry XXII (Winter-Spring 2000).
  • “Mencius on Human Nature and Courage,” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy 24 (1997). Reprinted in Essays on the Moral Philosophy of Mengzi ed. by Xiusheng Liu and Philip J. Ivanhoe (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co, 2002).
  • "The Law of Non-Contradiction and Chinese Philosophy," History and Philosophy of Logic, 13:1 (January 1992): 1-14.
  • "On Spinoza," in Zhou Fu-cheng, ed., The Classical Moralists in the Western World. Shanghai: Shanghai People's Press, 1987: 381- 397.
  • "On Rousseau," in Zhou Fu-cheng, ed., The Classical Moralists in the Western World. Shanghai: Shanghai People's Press, 1987: 426- 444. "On the Stoic Moral Principle of 'Living According to Nature'," Jianghuai Forum, No.3 (June 1986). Hefei, China.


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