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The Department of Philosophy

发布日期:2013-10-08   浏览次数

  

The Department started as the Research and Teaching Area of Philosophy under the now defunct Department of Political Education.The area was headed by the well-known philosopher Feng Qi, a graduate of the Southwestern Consortium, Feng studied under Jin Yuelin and Feng Youlan – two founders of modern Chinese philosophy – and devoted his effort in an integrated interpretation of Western and Chinese philosophy on a Marxist basis. His work in this regard (testified in the ten volume “Works of Feng Qi”) established him as a thinker with one’s own philosophical system. Early members included Liu Fonian (2nd President of ECNU), Zhou Kang (Marxist philosopher), Xu Huaiqi (Ph. D. Harvard, historian of Christianity), Zeng leshan (historian of Chinese philosophy), and Ethicist Zhou Yuanbin. In 1979, the Area developed its first ten-year plan, which placed planned and selective development of study areas as its objective. In the same year, with the approval of Ministry of Education, two national level graduate study programs were founded.In 1981, with the approval of State Department’s Committee on Degrees, a Ph. D. program was added. By 1986 the department had evolved from a guest area in a separate department into a full-fledged philosophy department with one research center and nine Teaching and Research Areas – the result of tremendous effort by its early pioneers and the late comers who stanchly followed them.

Our department offers a broad range of study areas in philosophy.Currently the department is the site of one post-doc mobile station for Class I areas of study.It runs a Ph. D. program for Class I areas of study and has four Ph. D. granting stations for Class II areas of study, which are: Chinese Philosophy, Western Philosophy, Marxist Philosophy, and Logic.The department has nine Master’s stations for Class I areas of study, including: Marxist Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Western Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Science and Technology, History of Natural Science (History of Physics), Religious Studies, and Philosophy of Management.In addition to the Ph. D. and Masters Programs, the department also has a Ministry of Education recognized undergraduate program for philosophy majors.Since 1995, the department’s Ph. D. program has accepted students from South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Our distinguished faculty comprises sixteen full professors, sixteen associate professors, and a number of assistant professors.We are proud that our faculty includes four life-time professors, one Chang-Jiang Professor, and one National Distinguished Teacher.We also have faculty members that serve as a member on State Department’s Committee for Discipline Assessment and on Education Ministry’s Committee for Social Sciences.One of our faculty members is on the first and the second tier lists of National Human Resources’ ‘Project Million Persons of Talent’, and one member is an appointee of ECNU’s own Zi-Jiang Scholars Project.The department is also proud of its highly achieved younger members three of whom have been chosen as beneficiaries of Education Ministry’s “Support for New Millennium Outstanding Talents Project”, two have been chosen as reserve members of “Shanghai Outstanding Teachers”, three are in the “Twilight Scholars Project of Shanghai”, and five are in Shanghai’s ‘Pu-Jiang Project of Talents’.In addition to its distinguished domestically bred members, the department also employs internationally famed scholars from various countries.Gunnar Skkierbeck, of University of Bergen, Norway, and Richard Rorty, of the US, are two accomplished philosophers who recently served as adjunct members in the department.

We are strong in several areas.We rank at the top in the Shanghai region in the areas of Logic and Ethical Theory; we have enjoyed a good reputation at the national level for our research in Philosophy of Science. The department is also strong in its studies in 19th century and Contemporary Western philosophy.

The department takes particular pride in its program in the study of Chinese philosophy. The area was listed in 1998 as one of key components in the university’s “World Modernization Process and Chinese Society” (the “211 Project”); it is the core of the university’s Research Center for the Study of Chinese Thought and Culture, which in 2000 became one of the Education Ministry’s Major Centers for the Study of Humanities and Social Sciences. The area has been twice (2001 and 2007) listed as a municipal level key discipline/area of study by the Municipality of Shanghai; it was officially listed in 2007 as a national level major area of study.In the same year, it became a member of mobile post-doc stations for Class I research programs and has been a Ph. D. program for a Class I areas of study since 2007.