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Tao Jiang’s primary research interest is classical Chinese philosophy, Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy (Madhyamaka and Yogācāra), and cross-cultural philosophy. He is the author of Contexts and Dialogue: Yogācāra Buddhism and Modern Psychology on the Subliminal Mind (Hawaii), the translator of A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung, and co-editor of an anthology, The Reception and Rendition of Freud in China: China’s Freudian Slip (Routledge).
Jiang's book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. It received Honorable Mention for the 2023 Joseph Levenson Prize for distinguished scholarship on pre-1900 China from the Association for Asian Studies. He is working on several book manuscripts including one on Zhuangzi's political philosophy and one on Linji's Chan/Zen philosophy.
Jiang has a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department. He served as chair of Religion Department (2010-16 and 2020-23). Currently he is director of Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies. Jiang co-directs the Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) with Dean Zimmerman of Philosophy Department and Stephen Angle of Wesleyan University, and co-chairs the Neo-Confucian Studies Seminar at Columbia University. He is serving on editorial boards of several Asian philosophy journals.
Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China (Oxford University Press 2021)
The Reception and
Rendition of Freud in
Contexts and Dialogue: Yogacara Buddhism and Modern Psychology on the Subliminal Mind
- "Beyond Dust and Grime," in Aeon Magazine, 2022
- “Ambivalence of Family and Disunity of Virtues in Mencius’ Political Philosophy,” in Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture 33, 2020
- “Oneness and its Discontent: Contesting Ren in Classical Chinese Philosophy,” in The Oneness Hypothesis: Beyond the Boundary of Self, edited by Philip J. Ivanhoe, et. al., Columbia University Press, 2018
- “Character Is the Way: The Path to Spiritual Freedom in the Linji Lu,” in Dao Companion to Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, edited by Youru Wang and Sandra Wawrytko, Springer, 2018
- “The Problem of Authorship and the Project of Chinese Philosophy: ZHUANG Zhou and the Zhuangzi between Sinology and Philosophy in Western Academy,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15.1. 2016.
- "Incommensurability of Two Conceptions of Reality: Dependent Origination and Emptiness in Nagarjuna's MMK,"Philosophy East & West 64.1 (January 2014).
- "Xuanzang and Freud: A Buddhist-Freudian Engagement on the Subliminal Mind," in The Reception and Rendition of Freud in China: China's Freudian Slip, edited by Tao Jiang and Philip J. Ivanhoe. Routledge, 2013. This is an expanded version of "the Storehouse Consciousness and the Unconscious: A Comparative Study of Xuanzang and Freud on the Subliminal Mind," published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 72:1.
- "Isaiah Berlin's Challenge to the Zhuangzian Freedom," Journal of Chinese Philosophy (2012, supplementary issue).
- "Two Notions of Freedom in Classical Chinese Thought: The Concept of Hua in the Zhuangzi and the Xunzi," Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy X.4 (December 2011).
- "Linji and William James on Mortality: Two Versions of Pragmatism," in Mortality in Traditional China, edited by Amy Olberding and Philip J. Ivanhoe, State University of New York Press, 2011.
- "Augustine and Aquinas on the Will" (in Chinese), in Frontiers of Western Philosophy, edited by Jiyuan Yu. Beijing, China: Renmin University Press, 2008.
- "The Dilemma of Skillful Means in Buddhist Pedagogy: Desire and Education in the Lotus Sutra," in Education and Their Purposes: A Philosophical Dialogue among Cultures, edited by Roger Ames and Peter Hershock, University of Hawaii Press, 2007.
- "Intimate Authority: The Rule of Ritual in Classical Confucian Political Discourse," Chapter Two in Confucian Cultures of Authority in Practice: China, edited by Roger Ames and Peter Hershock, State University of New York Press, 2006.
- "The Problematic of Continuity: Nishida Kitaro and Aristotle," Philosophy East & West 55:3 (July 2005).
Leadership and Services to the Profession
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Buddhist Philosophy
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Chinese Philosophy
- Member of the Editorial Board, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture
- Co-chair, Buddhist Philosophy Unit, a program unit under the American Academy of Religion, 2018-2021.
- Program Committee member, American Academy of Religion, 2016-2020
- Co-chair, Neo-Confucian Studies Seminar at Columbia University, 2010-present.
- Founder and co-director, Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, 2012-present
- Best First Book Award Jury, American Academy of Religion, 2013-2016
- American Academy of Religion (AAR)
- American Philosophical Association (APA)
- Association for Asian Studies (AAS)