Xinyan Jiang

Professor, Philosophy

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PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati (1994)

MA in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati (1991)

MA in Philosophy from Peking University (1984)

BA in Philosophy from Peking University (1982)


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Meet Dr. Jiang

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 author of a book on John Stuart Mill and the editor of two anthologies on Chinese philosophy. In addition, I am actively involved in some professional organizations. I was Chair of the Committee on Asian/Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies of the American Philosophical Association (1998-2002), a member of the Advisory Committee to the Program Committee of the Eastern Division of American Philosophical Association (2002-2005), Deputy Executive Director (2007-2011) and Treasurer (2002-2011) of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy (Summer 2007-Spring 2013). Currently, I am a member of Subject Consulting Board of The Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Chinese philosophy

  • Comparative philosophy

  • Ethics

  • Feminism

Courses Taught

PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 102 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

PHIL 120 Ethics and Social Philosophy

PHIL 160 Chinese Civilization (as an on-campus course or a travel course with community service component)

PHIL 205 17th and 18th Century Philosophy

PHIL 310 Philosophy of Sex & Gender

PHIL 301 Chinese Buddhism

PHIL 302 Daoism

PHIL 303 Confucianism

PHIL 460 Advanced Seminar

First Year Seminar: Chinese Medicine, Fengshui, and Martial Arts


1997-2000: Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

1995-1997: Visiting Assistant Professor, The University of Memphis

1994-1995: Visiting Instructor, Gonzaga University

1994: Visiting Scholar in the Department of East Asian Language and Civilization, Harvard University

1993: Reader for a course in Chinese philosophy, University of California at Berkeley

1988-1989: Visiting Scholar in the Department of Moral Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, Great Britain

1984-1987: Lecturer (the equivalent of an Assistant Professor) in Moral Philosophy, Peking University (Beijing University)



Knowledge, Culture, and Chinese Philosophy  - A Study and Translation of Zhang Dongsun's Works (New York: Gobal Scholarly Publication, 2014).

John Stuart Mill: For the Well-being of Mankind (Beijing: Jiuzhou Press, 2013).

Chinese Philosophy in the English Speaking World, ed. with Introduction Chapter (Beijing: China Renmin [People's] University Press, 2009).

The Examined Life: Chinese Perspectives, ed. with Introduction Chapter (Binghamton: Global Publications at State University of New York, 2002).


"The Function of the Confucian Ritual and Propriety in Different Societies," Academia Ethica, 1 (Dec. 2016), 151-163.

Mengzi and the Archimedean Point for Moral Life," Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41:1-2 (March-June 2014), 74-90.

"What Would Zhuangzi Say to Harding? - A Daoist Critique of Feminist Standpoint Epistemology." In Jennifer McWeeny and Ashby Butnor, eds., Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), 147-166.

"Confucian Universalism and the Chinese Diaspora Experience," Chinese Studies, 31:2 (June 2013), 85-115.

"Chinese Dialectical Thinking - Yin Yang Model," Philosophy Compass 8:5 (May 2013) 483-46.

"Rationality and Moral Agency-A Study of Xunzi's Philosophy," Journal of East-West Thought 2:2 (June 2012).

"Confucius's View of Courage," Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39:1 (March 2012).

"The Study of Chinese Philosophy in the English Speaking World," Philosophy Compass 6:3 (March 2011).

"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, 2010).

"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.

Awards, Honors, Grants

The 2015-2016 Award for Outstanding Research/Creative Activity, University of Redlands

NEH Grant for 2015 Summer Institute, "Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations," the East-West Center (May-June 2015).

The 2001-2002 Award for Outstanding Research/Creative Activity, University of Redlands.

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).

Charles Phelps Taft Graduate Fellowships for 1992-1993, and 1993-1994, University of Cincinnati.

Sino-British Friendship Scholarship (October 1987-January 1989), the Chinese State Education Commission and the British Council.