My current projects include a multi-year, collaborative research project on the Buddhist roots of Neo-Confucianism; co-writing a book on Neo-Confucianism with Justin Tiwald of San Francisco State University; and further developing a “progressive Confucian” perspective within contemporary Confucian philosophy. Other interests include virtue ethics (and its relationship with Confucianism), empirical moral psychology (and its relation with Confucianism), and the relation between philosophy (Confucian and otherwise) and practice.
|Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002)|
|《人权与中国思想：一种跨文化的探索》(Beijing: China Renmin University Press, 2012) [Chinese translation of Human Rights and Chinese Thought]|
|The Chinese Human Rights Reader: Documents and Commentary, 1900-2000, Co-editor and co-translator, with Marina Svensson (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2001).|
|Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009; Paperback edition, 2012)|
|Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Oxford: Polity Press, 2012)|
|Virtue Ethics and Confucianism, Co-editor with Michael Slote (New York: Routledge, 2013)|
Projects, Past and Present
- Buddhist Roots of Neo-Confucianism (John Makeham, Principal Investigator)
- NEH Summer Seminar in 2008: Traditions Into Dialogue: Confucianism and Contemporary Virtue Ethics (Co-Directed with Michael Slote)
- International Society for Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP). Past President (2008-2011)
- Chinese Human Rights Web (Various links to on-line information about China and human rights, as well as reviews and further information concerning The Chinese Human Rights Reader.)
- Wesleyan Confucian Etext Project
- “Mou Zongsan and his Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy” — This essay was originally written to serve as an introduction to Julie Lee Wei’s translation of Mou Zongsan’s Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy. Due to an on-going copyright dispute, the publication of that translation was on hold, but it is now published online on www.nineteenlects.com. I have decided to make this essay freely available for non-commercial uses.
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