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Weiming Tu Ethicist and the world’s leading Confucian scholar


Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and Director of Advanced Studies

Peking University

Tu Weiming, Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University, was born in February 1940 in Kunming, China. He grew up in Taiwan and obtained a B. A. in Chinese Studies at Tunghai University (1961). He received both his M. A. (1963) and Ph. D. (1968) from Harvard University. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1988. He taught Chinese intellectual history, philosophies of China and Confucian studies at Tunghai University(1967-68), Princeton (1967-71), the University of California in Berkeley (1971-81), Peking University (1985), Taiwan University(1988), the Ecole des Haute Etudes in Paris (1989) and Harvard University (1981-2010).

He has been a member of the Peking University faculty since 2009,while also holding honorary professorships at Zhejiang, Sun Yat-sen, Suzhou, Renmin, Jinan, the Foreign Languages University and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in China. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Lehigh, Michigan State (Grand Valley), Shandong (the highest honor confirmed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China), Tunghai (Taiwan), Lingnan (Hong Kong), King’s College in London and Macau University.

He is on the board of the Chinese Heritage Center in Singapore, an international adviser of Rahman University in Malaysia, a participant of the World Economic Forum and a co-moderator of the Aspen Seminar on the Chinese in the Global Community. Tu was invited by the United Nations to join the Group of Eminent Persons to Facilitate the Dialogue Among Civilizations in 2001 and gave a presentation on civilizational dialogue to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2004. Tu Weiming was elected as a representative of the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FISP : Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie) in 2008.

He delivered the keynote address at the 20th World Congress of Philosophy in Boston (1998) and was invited to present the Maimonides Lecture at the 22th World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (2008). He delivered a keynote address at the World Congress on the History of Religions in Tokyo (2005) and was invited as distinguished lecturer at the 16th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Studies in Kunming (July 2009), a speaker at the plenary session at the 24th World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy in Beijing (September 2009) and a major presenter at the World Philosophy Day 2009 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg (November 2009).

Tu has served as Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, chair of the Committee on the study of Religion and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He is currently chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the International Confucian Association in Beijing and president of Contemporary, an intellectual journal published in Taiwan.

Tu has authored seven books in English and more than a hundred articles primarily focusing on the modern transformation of Confucian humanism. His five-volume collected works in Chinese was published in China in 2001.

He has been instrumental in developing dialogue among civilizations, Cultural China, reflections on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West and multiple modernities. He is currently studying the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.


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