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About Stephen C. Angle

A philosophy writer and researcher specializing in Chinese Philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and comparative philosophy, Angle’s research focuses on philosophy’s role in human rights, politics, and ethics both in China and globally. Angle’s work is informed by an on-going exchange of ideas with colleagues in universities in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Germany, and France, and through his international philosophy blog, http://warpweftandway.com/.

Fluent in Mandarin and in classical Chinese, Angle has spent Fulbright years in Taipei and in Beijing, and will be a Berggruen Fellow at Peking University during academic year 2016-17. Many of his books and essays have appeared in Chinese translation. Angle’s books include Virtue Ethics and Confucianism (Routledge, 2013), Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Polity, 2012), Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Oxford, 2009), and Human Rights and Chinese Thought (Cambridge, 2002). For more information on his research and teaching, see his website.

Positions

Present Professor, Wesleyan University Philosophy
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Present Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University College of East Asian Studies
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Curriculum Vitae




Courses

  • Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • Cognitive and Ethical Pluralism
  • Mencius
  • Neo-Confucian Chinese Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Human Rights and Chinese Philosophy
  • East Asian Studies Sophomore Colloquium (Pro-seminar)
  • Challenging Confucianism
  • Moral Psychology (section on Classical Chinese Moral Psychology)
  • Reading Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • Sagehood
  • Human Rights Across Cultures
  • Confucianism and Virtue Ethics
  • Modern Chinese Philosophy
  • Philosophy as a Way of Life
  • Chinese Buddhist Philosophy
  • Classical Chinese Philosophy: Chinese Lab
  • Paternalism
  • Comparative Philosophy

Education

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19881994 PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ‐ Department of Philosophy
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June 1990July 1990 Japanese Language, University of California, Los Angeles
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June 1989July 1989 Japanese Language, University of Washington
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19871988 Advanced Chinese, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies
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June 1987August 1987 Classical Chinese, Middlebury College ‐ Chinese School
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19831987 BA, Yale University ‐ East Asian Studies
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January 1986May 1986 Semester Abroad, Nanjing University
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June 1984August 1984 Intermediate Chinese, Middlebury College ‐ Chinese School
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Articles and Chapters (44)

Article
儒家民族主义与混合政体
《文化纵横》 (2011)
Stephen C. Angle
形形色色的民族主义在当今世界兴盛不衰,既有积极后果,也有消极后果。贝淡宁《儒家与民族主义能否相容?》一文的核心论辩是,儒家民族主义既是可能的又是可欲的;我们确实应该“希望儒家民族主义赢得中国人民的心灵”。贝淡宁认为,儒家民族主义优于他所称的“法家”民族主义或“怨恨式”民族主义,他还认为,信奉儒家的人选择儒家民族主义而不是自由派民族主义,是可以据理辩护的。我大体上支持他的立场,但在本文中,我将对他的论辩提出三点修正。首先,对家、国和天下的各自承诺之间存在着关联,但我相信,此种关系类型最好根据“平衡”与“和谐”来理解,而不是根据一方对另一方的优先性。第二,贝淡宁有时不太理解文化和民族(或国族)会对儒家(或儒教)实践的具体内容产生影响。第三,也是最重要的,20世纪初中国知识分子对儒家有着激烈批评,但贝淡宁对于这个问题的回应,以及对于儒家民族主义可能被滥用的担忧所做的反驳,都显得单薄。如果儒家民族主义要有吸引力,它必须要么被放在混合型政体,该政体纳入了对公民权利和政治权利的强有力保护,而这些权利不是从儒家引申出来的;要么,我们需要为这些权利找到比贝淡宁已经识别的理据都更为强健的儒家基础。