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

Professor Xinyan Jiang has been teaching philosophy at the University of Redlands since 2000. She received her B.A and M.A. from Peking University (Beijing University 北京大学), and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She was a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at Peking University before leaving China. Trained in both Chinese and Western philosophy, she has focused her research on Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, ethics and feminism. Besides publishing numerous scholarly articles and several book chapters, she is also the author of two books and the editor of two anthologies. She was the founding chair of the Committee on Asian/Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies of the American Philosophical Association (1998-2002). She was also Secretary (1996-2000) of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America, and Deputy Executive Director (2007-2011) and Treasurer (2002-2011) of the International Society for 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 160 Chinese Civilization (as an on-campus course or a travel course with community service component)

PHIL 205 17th and 18th Century Philosophy

PHIL 301 Chinese Buddhism

PHIL 302 Daoism

PHIL 303 Confucianism

PHIL 310 Philosophy of Sex & Gender

PHIL 460 Advanced Seminar

Comparative Ethics

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


Grand Valley State University - Assistant Professor (August 1997- August 2000) 

The University of Memphis - Visiting Assistant Professor (August 1995-May 1997) 

Gonzaga University - Visiting Instructor (September 1994-May 1995) 

Harvard University - Visiting Scholar in the Department of East Asian Language and Civilization (April-September, 1994) 

University of California at Berkeley: Reader for a course in Chinese philosophy (Spring Semester 1993) 

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

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



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).


"Contradiction." In Yiu-ming Fung ed. Dao Companion to Chinese Philosophy of Logic (Cham: Springer 2020), 129-142.

"The Function of the Confucian Ritual and Propriety in Different Societies," Academia Ethica伦理学术, 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.