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Peimin Ni
Phone: 616-331-3529
Department: Philosophy Department
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Thomas Reid
  • Confucianism
  • David Hume
  • Modern Western Philosophy
  • Causation
  • Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Peimin Ni is professor of philosophy and coordinator of East Asian Studies at Grand Valley. Ni earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He also holds an M.A. and a B.A. from Fudan University. His main interests are Chinese and comparative philosophy, modern European philosophy, and philosophy of causation. He is the author of On Confucius (Wadsworth, 2002) and On Reid (Wadsworth, 2002). His other publications include: Wandering - Brush and Pen in Philosophical Reflection (co-authored with Stephen Rowe, Oriental Publication Center in Shanghai and Art Media Resources in Chicago, 2002), and around forty journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Ni is a founder and former president (1997-1999) of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA). He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on "Chinese and Comparative Philosophy." He is also the founder and the former director of GVSU's China study abroad program. He is the winner of numerous academic awards, including an outstanding teaching award, an outstanding faculty award, early tenure, early promotion, and an Honorary Professor title from East China University of Science and Technology.

Peimin Ni is also an accomplished Chinese calligraphy artist. He had a Chinese calligraphy exhibition at GVSU. His video production (with GRTV), "The Art of Chinese Calligraphy," was featured at the show, and at the exhibition "Land of the Dragon - 600 Years of Chinese Art" at Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan (March - September, 2002). Some of his works are part of the permanent collection of GVSU, and can be seen in Lake Superior Hall and the Alumni House at the Allendale campus as well as in the DeVos Center at the Grand Rapids campus. The book he co-authored with Stephen Rowe (Wandering) is a dialogue between his calligraphy and Rowe's philosophical verses.