Peimin Ni


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Peimin Ni

Peimin 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, philosophy of causation, and more distinctively his own approach, gongfu (aka kung fu) philosophy. He is the author of On Confucius (Wadsworth, 2002), On Reid (Wadsworth, 2002), Wandering - Brush and Pen in Philosophical Reflection(co-authored with Stephen Rowe, Oriental Publication Center in Shanghai and Art Media Resources in Chicago, 2002), Confucius - Making the Way Great (Shanghai Translation Publishing House 2010) and its Chinese version TP-ºýS (Shanghai People's Press, 2012), and its updated English edition, Confucius - The Man and the Way of Gongfu (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and around seventy journal articles and book chapters. His Understanding the Analects of Confucius - A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations is forthcoming through SUNY Press in 2017.

Professor Ni's unique contribution to philosophy is his gongfu approach, which is outlined in his New York Times articles " Kung Fu for Philosophers" and " Philosophers for Kung Fu." Used broadly to mean the art of life, the term " gongfu" captures the main orientation of Chinese philosophy different from the Western intellectualist orientation. Besides using the term to re-interpret Confucianism, he is exploring how this gongfu approach can generate insights for understanding and evaluating Western philosophies and lead to theories that may be entitled " gongfu ethics," " gongfu epistemology," etc.    

Professor Ni is a founder and former president (1997-1999) of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) and former President of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP). He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on "Chinese and Comparative Philosophy" (published through Global Scholarly Publications in New York). He is also the founder and the director of GVSU's faculty-led study abroad program "Summer School in China," and a 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, Wuhan University, and Jinin University in China. He also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong. Being an active participant of global dialogue of civilizations, he has given plenary speeches at World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations," Nishan Forum, and Songshan Forum.

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 aired numerous times on GRTV. It won the Second Place Award at the Grand Rapids Art Festival, June 2002. His works are used as cover of academic journals and books. As a part of the permanent collection of GVSU, some of his works can be seen in the library and various other locations on GVSU campuses. The book he co-authored with Stephen Rowe ( Wandering) is a dialogue between his calligraphy and Rowe's philosophical verses.

Current CV (English)

China Study Abroad Program Application 2018 for 2019

China Program 2015-2016

Published Works:

Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotation

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Association of Chinese Philosophers in America

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Confucius the man and the way of Gongfu by Peimin Ni