Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber
Assistant Professor of European Global Studies / Academic Director of the MA European Global Studies
Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel, Gellertstrasse 27, P.O. Box
CH-4020 Basel
Office 1.3

Tel: +41 (0)61 207 48 51

  • Methodological and Conceptual Aspects of Translinguistic and Transcultural Research
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Chinese Political Philosophy
  • Chinese Politics
  • Confucianism


Doctoral students

Guest researcher

  • Lerato Posholi, M.A. (Oumou Dilly Foundation)

Student assistants

  • Tabea Klaiber, B.A. (research assistant, SNF)
  • Barbara Gobeli, B.A. (tutor)
  • Özge Akyol, B.A. (tutor)

Ralph Weber was born in 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied Political Science (politics, economics and law) at the University of St. Gallen and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Further, he studied at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa and the University of Peking, after which he worked as teaching and research assistant at the Chair of Political Science (Prof. Roland Kley) at the University of St. Gallen, where in 2007 he obtained his doctorate and has subsequently been teaching the history of political ideas and political theory. Between 2008 and 2014, Weber has been employed as post-doctoral researcher and senior researcher and lecturer (Oberassistent) at the University Research Priority Program “Asia and Europe” at the University of Zurich. In December 2014, Weber began his work as an Assistant Professor of European Global Studies at the Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel. In 2016, he successfully completed his habilitation in Philosophy (venia legendi: comparative philosophy) at the University of Zurich. At the University of Basel, he holds full examination and promotion rights in Political Science, Philosophy, and European Global Studies.

Further Positions

Since 2017: President of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy

Since 2014: Co-Chair of the section on Political Theory of the Swiss Political Science Association

Since 2012: Book Review Editor (Europe) of the academic journal Philosophy East and West

Since 2007: Lecturer of the History of Political Ideas and Political Theory at the University of St. Gallen

Ralph Weber, and Martin Beckstein, "Methodenpluralismus in der Politischen Ideengeschichte." In: Zeitschrift für Politik, Vol. 65, No. 1, 2018, 550–566.

Ralph Weber, "Drei konfuzianische Fürstenspiegel: die Xinyu des Lu Jia, das Memorandum von Zhu Xi an Kaiser Xiaozong, und das Mingyi daifang lu des Huang Zongxi". In: Mariano Delgado and Volker Leppin (eds.), Die gute Regierung: Fürstenspiegel in Religionen und Kulturen, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer/Fribourg: Academic Press, 2017, 259–275.

Ralph Weber, and Thomas Fröhlich, "Gibt es Ansätze deliberativer Demokratie in China? Bemerkungen zur Debatte über das Zeguo-Experiment." In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 51, 2016, 550–566.

Ralph Weber, "All about Fiction: European Global Studies, Chinese Studies and Sinology". In: Global Europe: Basel Papers on Europe in a Global Perspective, Nr. 111, 2016, 18pp

Ralph Weber, and Arindam Chakrabarti (eds.), Comparative Philosophy without Borders. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015, pp. 288.

Regarding the supervision of Master Theses in European Global Studies, I am happy to consider enquiries from students on topics relating to Political Theory and Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Eurocentrism and Non-Western Thought, European Global Knowledge Production, and Contemporary Chinese Political Affairs.

At present, I am particularly interested in theses researching questions within the following domains:

  • The concept of “European Global Studies” and area studies
  • European studies in a global perspective (incl. the history of European studies, research on individual cases and countries, the European Union’s global science diplomacy, etc.)
  • The Chinese One-Road-One-Belt initiative in relation to Europe, Asia, and Africa
  • The transformation of the Chinese political regime under Xi Jinping
  • Authoritarianism, democracy and the concept of authority
  • Methodological and conceptual questions surrounding the project of a Global History of Political Thought.

You are also encouraged to read the information on on-going research in the research area European Global Knowledge Production.