Visiting Scholars

AAVANI, Gholamareza

Professor Gholamreza Aavani became a visiting scholar at IAHS for three months in early 2013. During that time, he lectured and participated in conferences. Gholamreza Aavani, born in Iran in 1943, received his Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Tehran in 1976. Aavani is currently Director of the Iranian Philosophical Society (IPS), President of the International Society for Islamic Philosophy (ISIP), Steering Committee Member of the International Federation of Philosophy Societies (FISP), Chair of the Department of Western Philosophy at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy (IRIP...


CHAN, Charles Wing-hoi

For the year of 2011, Professor Charles Wing-hoi Chan was a visiting scholar at IAHS. He returned in 2013 at the request of Professor Tu Weiming to stay for three months. During that time he offered courses and edited materials pertinent to Confucian ethics. Professor Chan (陳榮開) received both his B.A. and M.Phil. in history from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned an M.A. in Japanese Studies from Hiroshima University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, where he compared the Song Dynasty Neo-Confucianism of Zhu Xi Hsi to the "An...


LIN Wenyueh

Professor Lin Wenyueh became a visiting scholar at IAHS in late 2012. During that time, she gave numerous lectures, organized workshops, and discussed topics in the humanities that have great value to contemporary society. Lin Wenyueh is from Taiwan's Chang Hua County, but was born in Shanghai's Japanese Concession. As a result her early education was conducted in Japanese. In sixth grade she moved to Taiwan and began her Chinese language education. Because of this complex history she is fluent in both Chinese and Japanese. In 1959 she graduated from the Chinese Department at Nation...


MCBRIDE, William

Professor William McBride became a visiting scholar at IAHS for three months in early 2013. During that time, he lectured and participated in conferences in conjunction with WEIB and the Peking University Department of Philosophy. He also helped Peking University prepare to apply to host the World Congress of Philosophy. William McBride received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is currently Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor and Director, Philosophy & Literature at Purdue University. He specializes in social political philosophy, legal philosophy, and continental Europea...


PLAKS, Andrew

Professor Andrew H. Plaks became a visiting scholar at IAHS for three months in early 2013, during which he gave numerous lectures. Andrew H. Plaks received his Ph.D. East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1973. He was also Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton from 1973-2005, and is currently Professor of East Asian Studies at Hebrew University. He has taught, researched, and lectured around the world in countries ranging from Norway to the Romania, the Soviet Union to India, and China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. In the 1980's as mainland China opened to t...


SWIDLER, Leonard

At the establishment of the World Ethics Institute Beijing, Professor Leonard Swidler visited for two weeks. During that time, he lectured and discussed the possibility of future cooperation with WEIB. Leonard Swidler, born in 1929, is Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University. He began his studies at St. Norbert's College where he first studied Philosophy and then Theology from 1946-1954. He later pursued a Master's Degree at Marquette University in History and then received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. Prof. Swidler has h...


YANG Mu

Professor Yang Mu graciously accepted an invitation by Prof. Tu Weiming and visited IAHS in May 2013. During that time, he lectured on "Heading Towards a Single Poem" and discussed with the members of the World Ethics Institute about the future of humanities. Yang Mu was born in 1940 in Hualien, Taiwan. In 1963, he graduated from Tunghai University, and continued on to receive a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa in 1966 and a Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1971. He was a professor at the University of Washington (1971-2006), and was a visiting professor at   National Taiwan Univer...