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Eirik Lang HARRIS

Dr. Eirik Lang HARRIS

Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy

Phone number3411 7295
ORCID number0000-0003-3548-1783



B.A. (Pomona College), M.A. (UC San Diego), M.A. (Univ. of Michigan), Ph.D (Univ. of Utah)

Research area(s):

Chinese Philosophy; Comparative Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Ethics; Philosophy of Law

Teaching area(s):

Chinese Philosophy; Ethics; Political Philosophy

Taught previously at:

City University of Hong Kong, Yonsei University (Underwood International College)

Selected output(s):

“Critiquing Heavily Normative Conceptions of Harmony – Thoughts from the Han Feizi.” Journal of Confucian Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 33, forthcoming, February 2020.

“The Dao of Han Fei.” In Justin Tiwald, ed., Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020.

“Xunzi on the Role of the Military in a Well-Ordered State.” Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 18, issue 1, June 2019, 48-64. 

“Relating the Political to the Ethical – Thoughts on Early Confucian Political Theory.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, vol. 18, no. 2, June 2019, 277-283.  

The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation. Columbia University Press, 2016.

Current project(s):

Political Meritocracy in Early China. Cambridge University Press, under contract. An examination of the various conceptions of what constitutes politically relevant merit.

Explaining and Illustrating the Laozi: The Earliest Commentaries on the Daodejing. With Eric L. Hutton. Oxford University Press, under contract. A translation and philosophical examination of the “Jie Lao” and “Yu Lao” chapters of the Han Feizi – the earliest extant commentaries on the Daodejing of Laozi.

Adventures in Chinese Realism: Classic Philosophy Applied to Contemporary Issues. Edited with Henrique Schneider. Under review. Edited collection of essays on the contemporary relevance of early Chinese views of Realism in the public sphere.

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