Sato Masayuki (Ph.D., Leiden University, the Netherlands) is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University. In 2003, he published a monograph titled The Confucian Quest for Order: the Origin and Formation of the Political Thought of Xunzi. His areas of research include early Chinese political philosophy with a focus on Xunzi (ca. 316-235 BCE), and modern Japanese research on Chinese philosophy. During his stay at HYI, Dr. Sato examined the methods and main perspectives in Xunzi studies by Western scholars, and the possibility of the reconstruction of Confucian theory for self-cultivation by re-evaluating rituals and social norms (li) as a key concept.