Bryan Van Norden
Professor of Philosophy, Yale-NUS College (Singapore)

Bryan W Van Norden is the author of the much-debated book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. An expert on Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, Van Norden is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor at Yale-NUS College (Singapore), Chair Professor in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (China), and professor of philosophy at Vassar College (USA). Among his other publications are Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011) and Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy (2014, co-edited with Justin Tiwald).

Written by Bryan Van Norden

Illustration detail of Zu Luo, one of China’s 24 paragons of filial piety and a disciple of Confucius. Private collection. Photo by Corbis/Getty

History of ideas
Western philosophy is racist

Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change

Bryan W Van Norden

Mencius, The Three Moves. Anonymous drawing, China, 20th century. Photo by AKG Images

The second sage

The Confucian philosopher Mengzi provides an intriguing (and oddly modern) alternative to Aristotelian accounts of human virtue

Bryan W Van Norden