BELL, Daniel


Daniel A. Bell is Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also Zhiyuan Chair Professor of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford, has taught in Singapore and Hong Kong, and has held research fellowships at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values and Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.


He is the author of numerous books including The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age [coauthored with Avner de-Shalit] (2011), China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society (2010), Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context (2006), and East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (2000), all published by Princeton University Press. He is also the author of Communitarianism and Its Critics (Oxford, 1993). He is the series editor of a translation series by Princeton University Press that aims to translate the most influential and original works of Chinese scholars (the first book, Yan Xuetong’s Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power, is to be published in 2011). He is also the editor of Confucian Political Ethics (Princeton University Press) and the coeditor of six books. He writes widely on Chinese politics and philosophy for the media including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Global Times, Du Shu, Newsweek, the Globe and Mail, and the Guardian’s “Comment Is Free” blog, and he has been interviewed on CNN, CCTV, BBC, and CBC.  His articles and books have been translated into Chinese and twenty-two other languages.