Tongdong Bai

Tongdong Bai

Philosopher; 2016-18 Berggruen Fellow

Biography

Dr. Tongdong Bai is the Dongfang chair professor of Philosophy at Fudan University in China, and a Global Professor of Law at NYU’s Law School.  His research interests include Chinese philosophy and political philosophy.  His book, A New Mission of an Old State: The Comparative and Contemporary Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy (in Chinese) was published by Peking University Press in 2009, and his book, China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom (in English), was published by Zed Books in 2012.  His new book, tentatively titled “The Case for Political Inequality: A Confucian Alternative to Liberal Democracy,” is forthcoming by Princeton University Press.  He is also the director of an English-based MA and visiting program in Chinese philosophy that is intended to promote the studies of Chinese philosophy in the world.  These and other academic and social activities in which he is involved are all aimed to promote new political norms that draw their resources from traditional Chinese philosophy and are informed by comparative philosophy and political theories.