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.  He has two books published in Chinese: A New Mission of an Old State: The Comparative and Contemporary Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy, and Tension of Reality: Einstein, Bohr and Pauli in the EPR Debates, both by Peking University Press in 2009. He also has two books published in English: China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom (Zed Books, 2012), and Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case (Princeton University Press, 2019).

Bai is also the director of an English-based MA and visiting program in Chinese philosophy at Fudan University 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 introduce new political norms that draw their resources from traditional Chinese philosophy and are informed by comparative philosophy and political theories.