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About Bo Mou

Since the turning point of this 21th century, from the vantage point of development of philosophy in the wide-ranging international setting, contemporary studies of Chinese philosophy have two systematic characteristics: one is the important role played by analytic methodology (understood broadly); the other is the significant development of comparative-philosophy methodology (emphasizing cross-tradition engagement through jointly concerned issues and philosophical interpretation toward world philosophy) both in theory and in practice. The theme of this anthology volume is to investigate how these two strategic methodological approaches can constructively complementary in further enhancing contemporary studies of Chinese philosophy through cross-tradition engagement for the sake of jointly contributing to the development of world philosophy; it sets out to show that, in such studies, analytic methodology would be blind without the adequate guidance of comparative- philosophy methodology, while comparative-philosophy methodology would be empty without analytic methodology that subjects philosophical studies to mutual understanding, being open to criticism, and adherence to rudimentary norms of reflective studies.


Present Professor, San Jose State University Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae


2004 - 2005 Research Grant
California State University
2003 - 2004 Research Grant
California State University
2002 - 2003 Research Grant
California State University
2001 - 2002 Research Grant
California State University
1999 - 2000 Research Grant
Pacific Cultural Foundation
1997 Yenching Library Research Grant
Harvard University
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - 2024 Founding President, International Society for Comparative Philosophy toward World Philosophy (CPWP)
2022 - 2023 Member, The RTP Committee of the College of Humanities & Arts, SJSU
2022 Coordinator of the International Virtual Conference, International Society for Comparative Philosophy toward World Philosophy (CPWP)
2021 - 2022 Member, The Search Committee of Philosophy Department, SJSU
2019 - 2022 Director, Center for Comparative Philosophy, SJSU
2020 Coordinator of the 2020 Workshop, SJSU Center for Comparative Philosophy Conference/Workshop Series
Member of Editorial Board, Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Member of Editorial Board, History and Philosophy of Logic
Member of Advisory Board, Philosophy and Cultural Identity
Member of Editorial Board, Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Comparative Culture
Member of Editorial Board, The Online Dictionary of Intercultural Philosophy
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Honors and Awards

  • Wang Faculty Award of California State University for 2011-2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholarship, the NEH 2011 Summer Seminar on “20 th Century American Philosophy: Quine and Davidson”, Princeton University, June 20 – July 29, 2011
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, College of Humanities and the Arts, San Jose State University, May 2008
  • Professor of the Year, Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University, April 2007
  • Hsu Sen-Fa Dissertation Scholarship (1994)
  • University Fellowship of University of Rochester (1989-1990)
  • SJSU College of Humanities & Arts RSCA Stipend Award (for June 2017)
  • SJSU Central RSCA Stipend Award (for June 2018 stipend)
  • SJSU Faculty Time-Release Award (for 2019-2023 period)


1997 Ph.D., University of Rochester ‐ Philosophy
1987 M.A., Chinese Academy of Social Sciences ‐ Philosophy
1982 B.S., PLA Institute of Technology ‐ Mathematics

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