Philippe Major

Dr. Philippe Major
PostDoc - SNSF Project:
„The Exterior of Philosophy:
On the Practice of New Confucianism”

Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel
Gellertstrasse 27, P.O. Box
CH-4020 Basel
Office E.2

Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 48 65

  • Modern Confucian philosophy
  • Sociology of philosophy
  • Modern Chinese intellectual history
  • New Culture movement (1915-1927)

Current position

February 2019 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel


Previous Positions

March 2018 – January 2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Sinology department, KU Leuven (Belgium)

July 2017 – February 2018: Doctoral research fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)

September 2015 – June 2016: International scholar, Sinology department, KU Leuven (Belgium)


Education

2017: PhD in Philosophy, National University of Singapore
Thesis: Is “Modern Confucianism” an Oxymoron? Textual Authority and the Early New Confucian Response to the Modern Tradition of Anti-Traditionalism

2013: M.A. in History, National Taiwan University

2008-2009: Undergraduate studies in East Asian Studies, McGill University (Canada)

2005: B.A. in History, Université du Québec à Montréal

Peer-Reviewed Articles
 “The Politics of Writing Chinese Philosophy: Xiong Shili’s New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness and the ‘Crystallization of Oriental Philosophy.’” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18, no. 2 (June 2019).

“Tradition and Modernity in Liang Shuming’s Eastern and Western Cultures and Their Philosophies.” Philosophy East & West 68, no. 2 (April 2018): 460-476.

“Textual Authority and Its Naturalization in Liang Shuming’s Dong-Xi wenhua ji qi zhexue.” Monumenta Serica: Journal of Oriental Studies 65, no. 1 (June 2017): 123-145.

“Rethinking the Temporalization of Space in Early Republican China: Liang Shuming’s Eastern and Western Cultures and Their Philosophies.” International Communication of Chinese Culture 4, no. 2 (May 2017): 171-185.

“Tradition and the Translation of Democracy during the Transitional Period of Modern China (1895-1925).” Contemporary Chinese Thought 47, no. 3 (December 2016): 153-165.

Edited volumes
Max Ko-wu Huang on the Translation of Democracy during the Transitional Period of Modern China (1895-1925). Special issue of the journal Contemporary Chinese Thought 47, no. 3 (December 2016).