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Xiaohu Cao Associate Professor

Research Interests: 
  • ancient Chinese philosophy
  • Chinese Buddhism
  • comparative study of religions

Educational Background

PhD, Chinese Philosophy, Nanjing University (2001)

MA, Chinese Philosophy, Yunnan Normal University (1999)

Philosophy Department, Anhui University (1993)


Research Projects

Ancient Nanjing Buddhism, supported by the PRC Ministry of Education Planning Research Projects on Humanities and Social Sciences (grant no. 11YJA730001), 2011

The History of Jiangsu Buddhism, supported by the Social Science Fund Project of Jiangsu Provence (grant no. 17WMB030), 2017

The Ethics of Pure Land Buddhism and the Sinicization of Buddhism, supported by the Social Science Fund Project of Jiangsu Provence (grant no. 17ZXB003), 2017


Journal Articles

“On the Theoretical Development of Buddhist Sunyata,” The Study of Religions, No. 2, 2004, Sichuan University

“On the View of Good and Evil in the Pure Land Buddhism,” Journal of Anhui University, No. 4, 2005, Anhui University

“Lin Daiyu’s Zen Method: On the Zen Culture in Dream of Red Mansions,” The Religious Cultures in the World, No. 1, 2007, Institute of World Religions, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

“On the Confluence of the Zen Buddhism and the Pure Land Buddhism: A Theoretical Study” (No. 8), The Study of Zen, 2009, Jiangsu People’s Publishing House

“On the thoughts of Merit transfer in the Pure Land Buddhism” (No. 9), The Study of Zen, 2011, Jiangsu People’s Publishing House

“The Comparison of Values in Culture Education,” Academic Exploration, No. 7, 2012, Academic Exploration Publishing House

“On the Transcendent Moral Evaluation of Taoism and Buddhism,” The Study of Ethics, No. 4, 2012, Hunan Normal University

Feizhi Debate of Gongsun Long、 Chuang-tzu and Deqing,”The History of Chinese Philosophy ( Quarterly ), No.3, 2016, Society of the History of Chinese Philosophy

“Refutation Sanichiro of Matsuura’s Opinion on the Origin of Maitreya Belief, ”Journal of Lanzhou University (Social Sciences), No. 5, 2017, Lanzhou University

“Phylosophical Foundation of the Taoist Regard for Life: the Tao,” VIDYA,Second Volume 2017, Colombo: Eksath Bikkhu Union, University of Colombo

“Nature and Human Nature: A Comparative Study on the Thought about the Origion of Morality of Mencius and Chuang-tzu,”Journal of Nanjing Normal University (Social Science Edition ), No. 6, 2017, Nanjing Normal University


Academic Title

Director of Institute of Religions and Chinese culture