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Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University (Beijing)


Tsinghua University (Beijing) is not only one of the most important cradles of “modern Chinese philosophy,” but also the birthplace and the academic center of Western philosophy study in China. During the first half of the 20th century, Western philosophy research in Tsinghua played a pivotal role in constructing humanities and social sciences of Tsinghua University and even of whole China. For example, the master of Chinese traditional learning, WANG Guowei (1877-1927), obtained outstanding academic achievements in the field of Redology (the studies of CAO Xueqin 'sDream of the Red Chamber) and the Chinese ancient poetics or aesthetics based on his studies of Schopenhauer's philosophy; the great thinker, LIANG Qichao (1873-1929), was the first scholar who introduced European continental philosophy to China and advanced the research of it in Tsinghua, which not only established his status as a uniquely pioneering and global-minded thinker in political and social philosophy, but also partly helped lay foundation for modern Chinese philosophy. Through the wide-ranging and deep-delving studies of Western philosophy, the following philosophers and scholars in Tsinghua: JIN Yuelin (1895-1984), FENG Youlan (1895-1990), HE Lin (1902-1992), ZHANG Shenfu (1893-1986), ZHANG Dainian (1909-2004) and so on, formed “the Tsinghua School of Philosophy”, which has made great contribution to modern Chinese philosophy. This School, as one of the most crucial parts of “the Tsinghua School”, which led the famous academic trend in the field of humanities from the 1920s to the 1950s in modern China, has exercised great influence on other disciplines. These founders of this School and their successors, such as SHEN Youding (1909-1989), WANG Jiuxing (1916-2013), HE Zhaowu (1921-), to some extent, are not only those whose philosophizing represents one of the most significant trends in modern Chinese philosophy, but also those whose philosophical academic work represents the most fruitful endeavor of Western philosophy research in China. The academic and philosophical approaches of this School encourage scholars to creatively combine the methods/conceptual systems/discourse modes of Western philosophy with the resource/problems of Chinese ancient thoughts in order to establish a new tradition of historical-systematical study of Chinese philosophy, to actualize the potential of Chinese ancient philosophy, and to construct an original philosophy——modern Chinese philosophy. The ultimate aim of the Tsinghua School is “会通中西、贯通古今 (to integrate or amalgamate Chinese and Western thoughts through systematic interinterpretations or constructive synthesizations, and to interpret or grasp thoughts from the ancient to the present through thorough understandings or systematic reconstructions) ”. Since the Tsinghua School of Philosophy has played a fundamental role in the past development of humanities and social sciences of Tsinghua, the current and future researches on Western philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Tsinghua University (DPTU) are expected also to follow its early tradition established by these predecessors, and to prompt the formation of a new academic paradigm. In view of the fact that the publication of a high-standard journal of Western philosophy could be in service of meeting this expectation, DPTU launches a biannual journal Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy (TSWP) in 2015.


The central purposes ofTsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy (TSWP)are:

1. to facilitate the specialization and internationalization of Western philosophy research in China,

2. to promote long-term and fruitful dialogues between Chinese scholars and their international colleagues,

3. to carry out the early tradition of the Tsinghua School of Philosophy,

4. to advocate a structural, systematical and integrative interinterpretation between Chinese and Western philosophy, and a historical, thorough and consistent understanding of the philosophy from the ancient to the present,

5. and to encourage the construction of a more universal philosophy on the basis of mutual inspiration and interinterpretations between the two traditions.

As a journal mainly specializing in Western philosophy,TSWPwishes to be a first-class journal, which presents high-quality researches of Western philosophy and remarkable dialogues between China and the Western.

【Forms & Contents】

TSWPis a biannual journal with a summer issue and a winter issue that comes out every June and December. It publishes high-quality academic articles, notes and discussions, current scholarship reviews and book reviews, and calls for Chinese or English papers from scholars both inside and outside China. Lengths of submissions are advised to be between 10, 000 and 15, 000 words for academic articles and not to exceed 10, 000 for other ones (no set maximum in some exceptional circumstances permitted by editors). The topics are expected to be about either historical and/or systematical studies in almost all main branches of Western philosophy (ranging from ancient to contemporary philosophy), or comparative studies of or dialogues between Chinese and Western philosophy.TSWPwill strictly follow the international standards of academic norms, format style, paper review (peer review), edition, and publication.

【Publication & Sponsor】

TSWPis financially supported by Tsinghua University and published by Chinese Social Science Press (Beijing).

【Contact Information】

TSWP Editorial Office

SONG Jijie Associate Editor-in-Chief

Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Tsinghua University

Room 235, Xinzhai Building, Qinghuayuan Nr.1

Haidian District, Beijing, P.R. China, 100084

【Submission Guidelines】

If you are preparing a manuscript to submit to Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy (TSWP), please read the following guidelines for submission.

TSWPconsiders a manuscript (academic articles, notes and discussions, current scholarship reviews and book reviews) satisfying the following conditions:

⊙it is sufficiently original (not a copy or duplicate of the author’s own or any other author’s work that has been published previously, in part or in whole) and is sufficiently grounded in the relevant literature.

⊙it has been submitted only to TSWP (not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere);

⊙it contains nothing that is abusive, discriminatory, obscene, deceptive, illegal and the like;

⊙it is either a historical and/or systematical study of a topic in Western philosophy (from ancient to contemporary philosophy), or a comparative study or dialogue between Chinese and Western philosophy;

⊙it is as much as possible in accordance with the format style ofTSWP(for the initial review any clear and consistent citation style is acceptable);

⊙it is written in Chinese or English.

Manuscripts should be submitted as e-mail attachments ONLY in Rich Text Format (.RTF) or MS-Word (.doc/.docx) For any submission, a Cover Letter of Submission is required, which must at least include the author's personal information: full name, current institutional affiliation and status, the general academic focus of work, postal address, email address, and telephone numbers. TSWP tries to complete the initial editorial review and to give an official reply to authors within two weeks after submission. If a manuscript passes the initial editorial review, a further evaluation would be executed by an expert referee.

Some basic guidelines are as follows:

1. The length of the articles should be between 10,000 words and 15,000 words including footnotes and references; the length of notes and discussions, current scholarship reviews or book reviews should not exceed 10,000 words including footnotes and references. A longer article would be permitted or accepted by editors in some exceptional circumstances if a convincing reason is provided in the Cover Letter of Submission or in some other way. An abstract of 150–400 words and 3–6 keywords should be provided. The article should be organized in the order: title page; abstract; keywords; acknowledgements; main text; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).

2. The sources of financial support for the academic work, and the contributions of colleagues or institutions should be acknowledged. Acknowledgement should be provided on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph between the keywords and main texts. In the Acknowledgement, authors should supply all details about the funding or grant-awarding bodies, for example, in this way: “This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx] and [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx].”

3. For any manuscript accepted and published byTSWP, it is supposed that the authors of manuscripts have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. The affiliation of the research of the manuscript should be provided. If the author moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new one can only be noted in a footnote; if the manuscript is accepted, no change is possible. It should be noted that authors’ email addresses may be presented in the published journal and in its online version.

4. The Format Style: For the format style ofTSWP, please read the latest issue or a sample. It can also be obtained per Some basic points are the following:

[1] One-and-a-half spacing and 12-point font size for main texts; one spacing and 10-point font size for cited texts; one spacing and 8-point font size for footnotes; all pages must be numbered.

[2] Citations in footnotes or main texts should use the author–date–page format, for example, Frankfurt (1970: 133), or (Frankfurt, 1970: 133).

[3] Footnotes: Use footnotes to give the citation information or some additional information for main texts.

[4] References: All quoted literature must be listed in the References (in alphabetical order by authors’ last names), and the first word and all other principal words of the titles should be capitalized. For example:

Frankfurt, Harry G. 1970:Demons, Dreamers, and Madmen: The Defense of Reason in Descartes’s Meditations, New York: Bobbs-Merrill.

Loeb, Louis E. 1992: “The Cartesian Circle,” in:The Cambridge Companion to Descartes, ed. by John Cottingham, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Newman, Lex. 2010: "Descartes' Epistemology,"The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy(Fall 2010 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =>.

Newman, Lex and Alan Nelson. 1999: “Circumventing Cartesian Circles,”Nous, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Sept.1999), 370-404.

Mou, Zongsan 牟宗三. 1985:Yuanshan Lun圆善论 (On the Summum Bonum), Taipei: Student Book Company.

[5]Chinese terms and titles should be combined with their corresponding English translations andpinyincharacters), namely in the form: English translation (pinyincharacters), for example, “Equalizing of Things (Qiwu 齐物)”, On Dao (Lun dao 论道).