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Rui Zhu

Professor of Philosophy 


Plato: Eros and Justice
Mind and Language
Asian Philosophy

Areas of Interest or Competence

Comparative Political Theories
Classical Greek
Greek Theater


Tulane University
Peking University

Courses Taught

Philosophy of Mind
Plato: Eros and Sexuality
Comparative Philosophy

Publications on Greek and Comparative Philosophy

“Comparative Philosophy: In Reply to Rorty and MacIntyre,” Philosophy East and West, forthcoming.

“Love as Communication: A Short Redacted Argument from the Phaedrus,” Philosophy and Literature, forthcoming.
“Identity, Legitimacy, and Chaste Widows,” Asian Philosophy, Vol 26 (2), 2016, 182-192.

“Love in the Euthyphro,” in Apeiron, 2014, 47(1), 1-15, De Gruyter.

“Myth and Philosophy: From a Problem in Phaedo,” in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, June 2005, Vol. 73, No. 2, pp. 451-473, Oxford University Press. 

“Distinguishing the Public from the Private: Aristotle’s Solution to Plato’s Paradox,” in History of Political Thought, Vol. XXV, No. 2, Summer 2004, pp. 231-242, Imprint Academic.

“Equality in Worth as a Pre-condition for Justice in Greek Thought,” in History of Political Thought, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Spring 2003, pp. 1- 15, Imprint Academic.

“Kairos: Between Cosmic Order and Human Agency,” in Journal of Religious Ethics, March 2006, pp. 115 – 138, Blackwell Publishers.

“Distinguishing Soto and Rinzai Zen: Manas and the Mental Mechanics of Meditation” by Rui Zhu, in Philosophy East and West, July 2005, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 426-446, University of Hawaii Press.

“Rechtvaardigheid en Dwang” (“Justice and Coercion”) in Ethiek en Maatschappij, translated by Tammy Lynn Castelein and Bram Ieven, driemaandelijks tijdschrift, 1 e trimester 2005, jaargang 8 - nr. 1, mei, pp. 27 - 44;

“What if the Father Commits a Crime?”, in Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 63, No. 2, January 2002, pp. 1-17, The John Hopkins University Press.

“Wu-Wei: Lao-zi, Chuang-zi and the Aesthetic Judgment,” in Asian Philosophy, vol. 12, No. 1, March 2002, pp. 53-63.

Publications on China

“Transparency Conflicts in Sino-American Relations,” co-author James Marquardt, Journal of East-West Thought. Vol. 6(1), 2016, 33-65.

 “Gazing Eagle, Hidden Dragon: Military Transparency and the Sino-American Strategic Rivalry: Part I”, by Rui Zhu and James J. Marquardt, forthcoming 2014 in Sino-American Strategic Relations, vol. 1, Praeger Press.

“Chinese Culture on the World Stage” (Lun Zhong Guo Wen Hua de ShiJie Hua), Chinese Social Sciences Today, Academia Sinica, Beijing, 2010-3-12.

“Schistosomiasis and Capital Marxism” by Rui Zhu, in Evil, Law and the State edited by John Parry and Rob Fisher, Rodopi Books, the Netherlands, January 2006, pp. 40 - 52.

Translated Books

 Bernard Bosanquet: The Value and Destiny of the Individual, Macmillan, 1923. (Gifford Lectures, 1910–12): Translation with notations and commentaries, by Rui Zhu and Chaojie Li, Shanwu Press, Beijing, 2013.

W. V. O. Quine: Word and Object,” translated by Rui Zhu and G. H. Zhang, The People’s University Press, Beijing 2005.

Minor Publications

“Ambiguity, Dissimilarity and Conjunction Failure,” in The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly, No. 121, February 2004.

“The Fallacy of Property Causation,” in Southwest Philosophical Studies, vol. 24, Spring 2002, pp. 67 -73.

“To Kill or to Let Die: a Categorical Imperative?” in Southwest Philosophical Studies, vol. 23, Spring 2001, pp. 70 - 78.

“Dai Wei Sun Gang Lin Yan Jiu (Davidson’s Theory of Truth and Meaning)” in Xian Dai Xi Fan Zhe Xue (Contemporary Western philosophy), ed. Qiu Ren-Zong, Press of Academia Sinica, Beijing 1993.

“Luo Su Lun Zhi Chen (Russell on Denoting),” in Xian Dai Xi Fan Zhe Xue (Contemporary Western Philosophy), ed. Qiu Ren-Zong, Press of Academia Sinica, Beijing, 1993.

“Sandra B. Rosenthal, Classic American Pragmatism from a Contemporary Point of View” (book review) in Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society, Summer 1993, pp. 462-467.

“Fu Lei Ge de Yi Yi He Zhi Cheng (Frege’s Meaning and Reference),” in Beijing DaXue XueBao (The Journal of Peking University), Peking University Press, Beijing, Spring 1989, pp. 1-14.

Works in Progress

Eros: A Theory of Action (Book)

The Experiential and Normative Aspects of Pleasure (Article)

Speeches Delivered (selected)

 “Lectures on Justice,” NanKai University, Tianjin, China, December 2008.

“Schistosomiasis and Capital Marxism,” The First Global Conference on “Evil, Law and the State,” The Mansfield College, Oxford University, 2004.

Awards (selected)

The William Dunn Teaching and Scholarly Promise Award, Lake Forest College

GuanHua Award, Peking University