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Section of Foreign Philosophy

  • Wei CHENG
  • Assistant Professor
  • Email: cheng.wei@pku.edu.cn
  • Homepage:https://philpeople.org/profiles/wei-cheng
  • Education: PhD, Humboldt University of Berlin (summa cum laude)
  • Areas of Research:Ancient Philosophy (esp. Plato, Aristotle, Old Academy, and Ancient Commentaries on Aristotle)

Academic Positions

2019-present Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Peking University

2016-19     Assistant Professor, Center for Classical Studies, Peking University



2015 PhD, Humboldt University of Berlin (summa cum laude)

2013 Visiting, Princeton University (Philosophy)

2011 Magister artium, University Tübingen (Philosophy and Classical Philology)

2004 BA, Peking University (Chinese Literature)



Areas of Specialization: Ancient Philosophy (esp. Plato, A剪切ristotle, Old Academy, and Ancient Commentaries on Aristotle)

Areas of Competence: Nietzsche; Philosophy of Mind (esp. perception, emotions, and moral psychology); Philosophy and Literature



A. Journal Articles

1. “Speusippus, Teleology, and the Metaphysics of Value: Theophrastus’ Metaphysics 11a18–26”, Journal of Hellenic Studies, (140) 2020, 143–175, DOI: 10.1017/S0075426920000075

2. “Aristotle and Eudoxus on Argument from Contraries”, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 102(4), 2020, 588–618, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2017-0035

3. Neutral, Natural and Hedonic State in Plato, Mnemosyne, 72 (4), 2019, 525-49 

4. “Aristotle’s Vocabulary of Pain”, Philologus, 163(1), 2019, 47-71

5. “Dyschereia and Aporia: The Formation of a Philosophical Term”, Transactions of the American Philological Association, 148 (1), 2018, 75-110 

6. “A Battle Against Pain?: Aristotle, Theophrastus and the Physiologoi”, Phronesis, 62, 2017, 392-416

7. 尼采的柏拉图以巴塞尔柏拉图讲义为中心”,《中国学术》(34),2015,51-102

8. “柏拉图释义问题”,《中国学术》(28)2011,页89-171


B. Articles in edited volumes or book chapters

1 “什么是古代哲学一个导论”,载于《西方古典学论纲》待刊4万字。

2. “Varieties of Pain in Alexander of Aphrodisias”, in D. King and H. Baltussen eds., Pain and its Representation in the Ancient World, forthcoming

3. “Alexander of Aphrodisias on Pleasure and Pain in Aristotle”, in W. Harris ed., Pleasure and Pain in Classical Times, Leiden: Brill, 2018, 174-200

4. “口传性、书写性与哲学:对尼采的巴塞尔‘柏拉图讲义’的一个评注”,载于《文本与文献》,韩水法编,2016,348-68


C. Reviews or Review articles

1. “制造语文学”,《中国学术》38,商务印书馆,2017,248-73

2. Orality and Literacy, The Classical Review 66, 2016, 5-7.

3. Aristotelian Emotions, The Classical Review 66, 2016, 62-64.

4. 先刚《柏拉图的本原学说》载于《希腊罗马哲学》第一期,商务印书馆,2016

5.“评Mayhew, Prodicus the Sophist: Texts, Translations, and Commentary”, 载于《中国学术》35, 商务印书馆,2016

6. “评Schmitt: Poetik. Aristoteles Werke in deutscher Übersetzung”,载于《中国学术》(32)商务印书馆,2012



2017 Werner Jaeger-Preis, Gesellschaft fuer Antike Philosophie

2015 Abschlussstipendium, Humboldt University of Berlin

2011-04 PhD Scholarship, Humboldt foundation

2008-11 MA Scholarship, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation



2016 (Fall)

Elementary Greek (1);


2017 (Spring)

Elementary Greek (2);

Sophistic Movement

2017 (Fall)

Introduction to Classical Studies;

Aristotle: Eudemian Ethics (with Wu and Lin)

2018 (Spring)

Reading Greek (Euripides’ Medea);

Plato’s Philebus

2018 (Fall)

Introduction to Greek Tragedy

2019 (Spring)

Plato on Self (Alcibiades I and Charmides)

2019 (Fall)

Aristotle: De Anima;

Introduction to Philosophy (slot: Philosophy of Mind, 3 sections)

2020 (Spring)

Aristotle: De Motu Animalium