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Section of Foreign Philosophy

  • Shuchen Xiang
  • Assistant Professor
  • Areas of Research:Comparative Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy, Metaphysics, Classical Chinese Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race


I was born in Xi'an China and grew up in the United Kingdom since the age of seven.




2016- 2019                             PhD Philosophy (summa cum laude)

                                               The Humboldt University, Berlin and King’s College London          


2015-2016                              PhD Philosophy

                                               The University of York                                                                    

                                               (Moved to Humboldt and KCL with supervisor in 2016)


2014-2015                              MA Philosophy (Distinction)

                                               The University of Hawai'i at Manoa                                  


2012-2014                              PhD Dual Degree, Comparative Literature and Asian Studies          

                                               The Pennsylvania State University                                     

                                               (Discontinued, MA in Comparative Literature conferred) 


2011-2012                              MA English Literature (Merit)

                                               The University of Warwick                                                 


2007-2010                              BA (Hons) Architecture (1st Class)                     

                                               The University of Cambridge

                                               Promoted to MA (2014)


Peer Reviewed Articles:


“Organic Harmony and Ernst Cassirer’s Pluralism” Idealistic Studies. 49 (3) 


“Why the Confucians Had No Concept of Race (Part I): The Anti-Essentialist Cultural Understanding of Self” Philosophy Compass. 2019 


“Why the Confucians Had No Concept of Race (Part II): Cultural Difference, Environment and Achievement” Philosophy Compass. 2019  


"The Symbolic Construction of Reality: The Xici and Ernst Cassirer’s Philosophy of Symbolic Forms." Journal of Chinese Humanities. Volume 4, Issue 2, 2019. 


“Freedom and Culture: The Cassirerian and Confucian Account of Symbolic Formation.” Idealistic Studies. Volume 47 (3), 2018. 


“Orientalism and Enlightenment Positivism: A Critique of Anglophone Sinology, Comparative Literature and Philosophy.” The Pluralist. Volume 13, Issue 2, 2018 


“The Ghostly Other: Understanding Racism from Confucian and Enlightenment Models of Subjectivity.” Asian Philosophy. Volume 25, Issue 4, 2015


“The Irretrievability of the Past: Nostalgia in Chinese literature from Tang-Song Poetry to Ming Qing san-wen.” International Communication of Chinese Culture. Volume 2, Issue 3, 2015