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Yanming An, Ph.D.

Yanming An, Ph.D.

Professor of Chinese & Philosophy

Department of Languages
Office: 614 Strode

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. An received his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan, 1997; M.A. & B.A. in Philosophy from Fudan University, China, 1985 and 1982. Before coming to the U.S. in 1991, he had served as associate director of a research section at Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He joined the faculty of Clemson University in 1999, after two years teaching respectively in University of Michigan and Princeton University. The courses he has taught refer to Ancient and Modern Chinese Philosophy, Pre-modern Chinese literature, Chinese Buddhism, Comparative Philosophy, and Chinese language at all levels, modern and classic.

Dr. An served as the President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America in 2005-2007, as visiting Professor at several Chinese Academic institutions, and as editorial board member for three international journals. In 2008, he was invited to present “Family Love in Classic Confucianism” in the “World Public Forum: Dialogue of Civilizations,” Rhodes, Greece.

He has published extensively both in Chinese and English, in original writing and in translation.


Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

New Life for Old Ideas: Chinese Philosophy in the Contemporary World: A Festschrift in Honour of Donald J. Munro. Edited by Yanming An and Brian J. Bruya. The Chinese University Press, 2019

Chinese translation of Wilhelm Dilthey’s The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences. China Renmin University Press, Beijing 2011.

The Idea of Cheng (Sincerity/Reality) in the History of Chinese Philosophy. Global Scholarly Publications, New York 2006.

The Historical Hermeneutics in Wilhelm Dilthey. Yuan-liou Publications, Taiwan, 1999.

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