Bryan William Van Norden

Humanities (Philosophy)

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Visiting Professor in the Humanities


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Professor Bryan William Van Norden received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from Stanford University. Before coming to Yale-NUS, he taught at Vassar College and Wuhan University. Professor Van Norden is the author, editor, or translator of nine books on Chinese and comparative philosophy, including most recently, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. A recipient of Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Mellon fellowships, Van Norden has been honoured as one of The Best 300 Professors in the United States by The Princeton Review. Professor Van Norden is married, and is the proud parent of two college-aged children, one cat, and one French Bulldog. His hobbies are poker (he has played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas) and films-so-bad-they-are-good.

Chinese philosophy

Author, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).

Co-editor (with Justin Tiwald) and contributor, Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy: Han to the Twentieth Century (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2014).

Author, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2011). Chinese translation: 万百安 著,《中国古代哲学简介》 吴万伟 译.

Translator and commentator, The Essential Mengzi: Selected Passages with Traditional Commentary (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2009).

Translator and commentator, Mengzi: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2008).

Author, Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Editor and contributor, Confucius and the Analects: New Essays (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Co-editor (with P.J. Ivanhoe) and contributor, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, reprint (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2003); revised 2nd ed. (2005).

Editor, The Ways of Confucianism: Investigations in Chinese Philosophy, by David S. Nivison (Chicago: Open Court Press, 1996). Chinese translation published as 儒家之道 : 中国哲学之探 讨 (Nanjing : Jiangsu renmin chubanshe, 2006).

Philosophy and Political Thought
Neo-Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism