Yang Xusheng was born in Shantou in 1959. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tübingen. He served successively at the Institute of Philosophy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1988-91), the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Tübingen (1994-99), the Department of Chinese Studies at Friedrich-Alexander University (2001-05), and Renmin University of China. Yang also works part-time for the Global Ethics Foundation (Stiftung Weltethos) (2004-), the Department of Chinese Studies at Friedrich-Alexander University (2005-), as a special researcher for Monumenta Serica Center (2006-), and as an adjunct professor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Professor Yang is also Vice Editor of International Sinology, Executive Editor of the Series on International Sinology Research, Editor in Chief of the journal Dialogue.
Prof. Yang’s research now focuses on the intellectual history of Chinese religions, comparative thoughts, European sinology, and aesthetics. His publications include Immanente Transzendenz：Eine Untersuchung der Transzendenzerfahrung in der antiken chinesischen Religiositat (Tübingen, 2004). He also translated Tracing the World Religions (chief translator). Currently Yang is directing the translation of the aesthetics volume of Complete Works of Hans-Georg Gadamer. He has also published papers in journals such as Culture: China and the World, Toward the Future, Scholar, International Sinology, and Dialogue (forthcoming).