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Xianxia Shao Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Chinese Confucianism
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Moral Sentimentalism

Educational Background

MA, Chinese Philosophy, Wuhan University (1988)

BA, Moral Education, Anhui Normative University (1982)


Research Projects

  1. “Studies on Chinse Confucian Moral Sentimentalism,” funded by the National Social Science Foundation (China), 2012.6—2016.12
  2. “Studies on Chinese Confucian Virtue Ethics,” funded by the PRC Ministry of Education Planning Research Projects on Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011.11—2014.12
  3. “Studies on Eastern and Western Views of Hornor/Shame and Their Contemporary Values,” a sub-project of the Major Project of “Researches on Socialist View of Honor/Shame and Moral Education in Middle and Primary Schools,” entrusted by the Ministry of Education of China, 2006.10—2009.12


Journal Articles

  1. “On Mohist Doctrine of Denouncing Aggressive Warfare and the Doctrine of Universal Love: A Global Perspective Approach,” Studies in Ethics, No. 1, 2015
  2. “An Analysis of the Thoughts of Philosophy of Art in Xun Zi’s Discourse on Music,” Jianghai Academic Journal, No. 5, 2015
  3. “A New Interpretation of Wang Yang-ming’s Theory of Universal Mind,” Philosophical Researches, No. 12, 2012
  4. “On Mencius’s Moral Sentimentalism,” The History of Chinese Philosophy (Quarterly), No. 4, 2012
  5. “Life or Moral Obligation?,” Studies in Ethics, No. 5, 2008
  6. “Chinese Traditional Views of Honor and Shame and Their Contemporary Values,” Guangming Daily, June 12, 2006
  7. “A Probe of Wang Fuzhi’s Theory of Humanity,” The History of Chinese Philosophy (Quarterly), No. 4, 1996
  8. “Confucius’s Theory of the ‘Unity of Benevolence and Wisdom’ and Its Modern Value,” Journal of Nanjing Normal University (social science edition), No. 2, 1996
  9. “On Dong Zhongshu’s Doctrine of ‘Bildung Becomes Humanity’,” Confucius Studies, No. 3, 1995
  10. “Zen’s ‘One’s Conscience’ and Wang Yang-ming’s Doctrine of the ‘Innate Knowledge of Conscience’,” Social Science Front, No. 6, 1994
  11. “A Reading of Meng Peiyuan’s Category System of Neo-Confucianism,” Philosophical Researches, No. 4, 1994
  12. “On Zhang Zai’s Doctrine of ‘Internalizing Knowledge of Ritual Principles’,” Philosophical Researches, No. 4, 1989



  1. (Co-authored, 1/2) Western and Chinese Philosophical Foundations of the Ideas of Honor and Shame, People’s Publishing House, 2010


Academic Title

Member of Executive Committee of Jiangsu Province Confucianism Association