Research

Ritual in the Xunzi

One of the most profound insights of Xunzi’s is the importance of ritual to the good life. My current project focuses on exploring the ethical implications of giving ritual a more prominent role in theorizing about what to do.

Ancient Chinese Concepts

One of my major research goals is to get a handle on the ways concepts were used in early Chinese philosophy, since they are in general quite different from Western philosophical concepts. This is due to a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Views about language
  • The political climate
  • Discursive paradigm (i.e., the venue in which philosophy took place)

I discuss these ideas most in my MPhil thesis.

Truth in Ancient China

One of my first projects was figuring out the extent to which Chad Hansen was right about there being no concept of truth in ancient China. In “Semantics without Truth in Later Mohist Philosophy of Language,” I tried to tackle this idea. My answer ended up being something along the lines of “yes, but…” at least for the Later Mohists.