Introduction to Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University (Beijing), 2015


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's Dream 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 of Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy (TSWP) are: 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, carry out the early tradition of the Tsinghua School of Philosophy, 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,

4.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, TSWP wishes to be a first-class journal, which presents high-quality researches of Western philosophy and remarkable dialogues between China and the Western.

【Forms & Contents】

TSWP is 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. TSWP will strictly follow the international standards of academic norms, format style, paper review (peer review), edition, and publication.


Academic Advisory Board


YE Xiushan  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences/ Tsinghua University, China

XIE Weihe  Tsinghua University, China

WAN Junren  Tsinghua University, China


Jacques Bidet University of Paris X, France

Wolfgang Carl University of Goettingen, Germany

John M. Cooper Princeton University, USA

DENG Xiaomang  Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Wolfgang Freitag University of Freiburg, Germany

Markus Gabriel University of Bonn, Germany

Simon Glendinning London School of Economics, UK

JIN Xiping  Peking University, China

Jean-Francois Kervegan University of Paris I, France

Anton F. Koch Heidelberg University, Germany

Sandra Lapointe MacMaster University, Canada

LIANG Zhixue  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

LI Qiuling  Renmin University of China, China

NI Liangkang  Sun Yat-sen University, China

Emanuel Renault University of Paris X, France

Greg Restall University of Melbourne, Australia

Tom Rockmore Duquesne University, USA

Birgit Sandkaulen University of Bochum, Germany

Thomas M. Scanlon Harvard University, USA

Thomas Schmidt Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Malcolm Schofield University of Cambridge, UK

Thomas Sheehan Stanford University, USA

Robert Stern University of Sheffield, UK

Martin Stokhof University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

SUN Zhouxing Tongji University, China

TONG Shijun East China Normal University, China

WANG Lu  Tsinghua University, China

WANG Shuren  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

YAO Dazhi  Jilin University, China

YAO Jiehou  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

YU Jiyuan  State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

ZHAO Dunhua  Peking University, China

ZHANG Xianglong  Peking University/ Shandong University, China

ZHANG Zhiwei  Renmin University of China, China

ZHANG Rulun  Fudan University, China

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief:HUANG Yusheng Tsinghua University, China

Associate Editor-in-Chief:SONG Jijie Tsinghua University, China


CHEN Dezhong Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

CHEN Jiaming Xiamen University, China

CHEN Yajun Nanjing University, China

CUI Weihang Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

DENG Anqing Fudan University, China

FANG Xianghong Sun Yat-sen University, China

FU Youde Shandong University, China

FU Yongjun Shandong University, China

GUO Dawei  Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C, China

HAN Lixin Tsinghua University, China

HAN Shuifa Peking University, China

HANG Donghui Renmin University of China, China

JIANG Yi Beijing Normal University, China

LI Daqiang Jilin University, China

LI He Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

LI Meng Peking University, China

LI Wentang Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C, China

LIU Fenrong Tsinghua University, China

LIU Zhe Peking University, China

MA Yinmao Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

MO Weimin Fudan University, China

NIE Minli Renmin University of China, China

PENG Gang Tsinghua University, China

SHANG Jie Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

SHANG Xinjian Peking University, China

SUN Xiangchen Fudan University, China

TIAN Wei Tsinghua University, China

WANG Heng Nanjing University, China

WANG Qi Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

WANG Xiaochao Tsinghua University, China

WU Guosheng Peking University, China

WU Tianyue Peking University, China

XIA Ying Tsinghua University, China

XIE Wenyu Shandong University, China

XU Xiangdong Zhejiang University, China

YU Qizhi South China Normal University, China

YU ZhenhuaEast China Normal University, China

ZHANG Shen Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

ZHANG TingguoHuazhong University of Science and Technology, China

ZHANG Xuefu Zhejiang University, China

ZHAO GuangmingChinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

ZHAO Jianying Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

ZHOU Lian Renmin University of China, China

ZHOU Xiaoliang Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

【Publication & Sponsor】

TSWP is 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