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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, vol. 68, no. 1 (2018): 264-66.

“Love as Communication: A Short, Redacted Argument from the Phaedrus.Philosophy and Literature, vol. 41, no. 1 (2017): 230-31.
“Identity, Legitimacy, and Chaste Widows.” Asian Philosophy, vol. 26, no. 2 (2016): 182-92.

“Love in the Euthyphro.Apeiron, vol. 47, no. 1 (2014):1-15.

“Myth and Philosophy: From a Problem in Phaedo.Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 73, no. 2 (2005): 451-73.

“Distinguishing the Public from the Private: Aristotle’s Solution to Plato’s Paradox.” History of Political Thought, vol. 25, no. 2 (2004): 231-42.

“Equality in Worth as a Pre-condition for Justice in Greek Thought.” History of Political Thought, vol. 24, no. 1 (2003): 1-15.

“Kairos: Between Cosmic Order and Human Agency.”Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 34, no. 1 (2006): 115-38.

“Distinguishing Soto and Rinzai Zen: Manas and the Mental Mechanics of Meditation.” Philosophy East and West, vol. 55, no. 3 (2005): 426-46.

“Rechtvaardigheid en Dwang” (“Justice and Coercion”). Translated by Tammy Lynn Castelein and Bram Ieven. Ethiek & Maatschappij, vol. 8, no. 1 (2005): 27-44.

“What if the Father Commits a Crime?”Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 63, no. 2, (2002): 1-17.

“Wu-Wei: Lao-zi, Chuang-zi and the Aesthetic Judgment.” Asian Philosophy, vol. 12, no. 1 (2002): 53-63.

Publications on China

“Transparency Conflicts in Sino-American Relations.” With James J.  Marquardt. Journal of East-West Thought, vol. 6, no. 1 (2016): 33-65.

“Gazing Eagle, Hiding Dragon: Military Transparency and the Sino-American Strategic Rivalry: Part I.” With James J. Marquardt. In China and International Security: History, Strategy, and 21st-century Policy, vol. 1. Edited by Donovan C. Chau and Thomas M. Kane. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2014.

“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.” In Evil, Law and the State: Perspectives on State Power and Violence. Edited by John Parry and Rob Fisher. Amsterdam: Rodopi Books, 2006, 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. Beijing: Shanwu Press, 2013.

W. V. O. Quine: Word and Object.” Translated by Rui Zhu and G. H. Zhang. Beijing: The People’s University Press, 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):  67-73.

“To Kill or to Let Die: a Categorical Imperative?” Southwest Philosophical Studies, vol. 23 (Spring 2001): 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), edited by Qiu Ren-Zong. Beijing: Press of Academia Sinica, 1993.

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

“Sandra B. Rosenthal, Classic American Pragmatism from a Contemporary Point of View.” (book review) in , Summer 1993: 462-67.

“Fu Lei Ge de Yi Yi He Zhi Cheng (Frege’s Meaning and Reference),” in Beijing DaXue XueBao (The Journal of Peking University), Spring 1989: 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.” Mansfield College, Oxford University, 2004.

Awards (selected)

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

GuanHua Award, Peking University