Livia Kohn

Professor Emerita, Boston University

Research Fields: East Asian Studies

Selected Publication:

1. Zhuangzi: Text and Context

2. Daoist Dietetics

3. Daoist Body Cultivation

LI Jinglin (李景林)

Beijing Normal University

Research Fields: Chinese Philosophy (Confucianism and Daoism)

Selected Publication:

1.      Confucian Philosophies in Ancient Burial and Sacrificial Ceremonies and Their Ultimate Concern

2.      Zhu Xi's Theory of Mind (xin) and Its Significance for the Creative Reconstruction of the Theory of Human Nature (qing) in Pre-Qin Confucianism (co-authored)

3.      "Guo Xue": the Home of Chinese Academic Culture (co-authored)


Dennis Schilling

Renmin University of China

Research Fields: Chinese Philosophy, Buddhism

Comparative Philosophy

Selected Publication:

1.      Spruch und Zahl: Die Chinesischen Orakelbücher"Kanon des Höchsten Geheimen" (Taixuanjing) und "Wald der Wandlungen" (Yilin) aus der Han-Zeit

2.      Zhuang zi: Ethics at Ease

3.      Imitatio Confucii: Eine Studie zur Poetologie der Nachahmung in Yáng Xióng's Fă Yán


LIU Xiaogan (刘笑敢)

Professor Emeritus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Beijing Normal University

Research Fields: Daoist Philosophy, Chinese Religion and Culture

Selected Publication:

1.      1. The Confucian Ren (仁) and Laozi's Naturalism: A New Insight into the Relationship between Confucianism and Taoism

2.      Two Kinds of Xiaoyao (逍遥) and Two Kinds of Freedom

3.      On the Identity and Positioning of Chinese Philosophical Studies: A Case Study of Tian-ren-he-yi (Union of Heaven and Man) in Ancient and Modern Times


Thomas Michael

Beijing Normal University

Research Fields: Chinese Philosophy, Daoism


Selected Publication:

1.      In the Shadows of the Dao: Laozi, the Sage, and the Daode Jing

2.      The Pristine Dao: Metaphysics in Early Daoist Discourse

3.      "Mountains and Early Daoism in the Writings of Ge Hong"

ZHANG Weiwen (章伟文)

Beijing Normal University

Research Fields: Chinese Philosophy, Daoism, Philosophy of History

Selected Publication:

1.      On the Contemporary Meaning of the Chinese Traditional Values

2.      A Scrutiny of the Relationship between the Chart of the Former Heaven (Xian Tian)

3.      Sequence, Former Heaven Learning, and the Daoist Alchemy Refinery Theory


Friederike Assandri

University of Heidelberg

Research Fields: Daoist-Buddhist Debates, Chongxuanxue

Selected Publication:

1.      Beyond The Daode Jing: Twofold Mystery In Tang Daoism

2.      From Early Tang Court Debates to China’s Peaceful Rise

3.      Brahman and DAO: Comparative Studies of Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion

JIANG Limei (蒋丽梅)

Beijing Normal University

Research Fields: Chinese Philosophy, Daoism

Selected Publication:

1.      Being and Nothingness of Dao: A Reconsideration of the First Chapter of Daode Jing

2.      Utmost Tenderness, Utmost Simplicity, and Utmost Emptiness: On Laozi’s Concern for Individual Lives

3.      The Spirit of Zhuangzi From Wangbi's Xuanxue


Romain Graziani (葛浩南)

Ėcole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Research Fields: Daoism, Chinese Studies

Selected Publication:

1.      Les Corps dans le Taoïsme ancient

2.     Écrits de Maître Guan. Les Quatre chapitres de l’Art de l’esprit (Xinshu chapters from the Guanzi)

3.      Of Self and Spirits. Exploring Shen 神 in China


Mark Csikszentmihalyi

University of California, Berkeley

Research Fields: Religions, Philosophies, and Cultures of Early China

Selected Publication:

1.      Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China

2.      Readings in Han Chinese Thought

3.      Religious and Philosophical Aspects of the Laozi (co-edited)

QIANG Yu (强昱)

Beijing Normal University

Research Fields: Daoism, Buddhism

Selected Publication:

1.      The Understanding of Self-so of Cheng Xuanying: The Development from the Daode Jing Commentary to the Zhuangzi Commentary

2.     The Daoist View on Living

3.      Cheng Xuanying's Research On "Exploring Thoroughly the Logos and the Intrinsic Character to Get the Natural Regulations"


Special Guest

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These are our speakers for the 2017 summer school, the list will be updated for the 2018 program soon.