Liao Cancan

Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Aug 2021 to May 2022

University Affiliation (Current)

Liao Cancan is an associate professor in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University, China. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Wuhan University (2005-2009), and Ph.D. in Chinese philosophy from Peking University (2009-2015). She was a Joint-doctoral Program student at King’s College London, UK (2013-2014). Her primary areas of research and teaching focus on Neo-Confucianism in the Song and Ming periods, and also the syncretism of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in the intellectual history of China. In her research, Cancan aims to bring the study of Chinese philosophical classics with an approach of Sinic Hermeneutics, especially on the Book of Changes. In recent years, her research is centered on two topics: one is the transformation of intellectual thought during late Ming and early Qing periods, and the other is comparative ethics from a theory of human nature. While at HYI, she is working on the study of “Confucianism and Western Learning in Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties in China: A view from a perspective of cultural exchange”. This research project will make a detailed study on the process of both “the eastward transmission of Western learning” and “the westward transmission of Chinese learning,” and will stress on what role did Western learning play in the transformation of Chinese intellectual thought and what role did Confucianism play in the Enlightenment of Europe, respectively.

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