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  David WongProfessor, Philosophy

Office Location:  211 W Duke Building
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3046
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Teaching (Spring 2015):

  • Phil 216.01, Problems in ethical theory Synopsis
    Biddle 086, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

  • PhD Princeton University 1977
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Special Honors in Philosophy Macalester College 1971


Moral Psychology
Chinese Philosophy
Research Interests:

Before he came to Duke, David Wong (Ph.D. Princeton, 1977) was the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and the John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His works include Moral Relativity (University of California Press, 1984), "On Flourishing and Finding One's Identity in Community," (Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 1988),"Universalism versus Love with Distinctions: An Ancient Debate Revived" (Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 1989), "Coping with Moral Conflict and Ambiguity," Ethics (1992), "Xunzi on Moral Motivation," in Chinese Language, Thought, and Culture: Nivison and his Critics (1996), and "Reasons and Analogical Reasoning in Mencius," in Essays on the Moral Philosophy of Mengzi (2002). He has written articles on moral relativism for A Companion to Ethics, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Encyclopedia of Ethics, and Dictionnaire de philosophie morale. He was interviewed on the subjects of cultural and moral relativism for the Public Television Series, "The Examined Life." He has written on comparative ethics for The Encyclopedia of Ethics and on comparative philosophy for the Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy. He is co-editor with Kwong-loi Shun of a forthcoming anthology of comparative essays on Confucianism and Western philosophy: Confucian Ethics: a Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy and Community (Cambridge University Press).

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. D. Wong. ""On Learning What Happiness Is"." Philosophical Topics: Special Issue on Happiness  (Accepted, 2015).  [abs]
  2. D. Wong. ""Reconciling the Tension between Similarity and Difference in Critical Hermeneutics"." The Agon of Interpretations: Towards a Critical Interncultural Hermeneutics  (2014): 165-186.  [abs]
  3. D. Wong. ""Growing Virtue: The Theory and Science of Developing Compassion from a Mencian Perspective"." The Philosophical Challenge from China  (Accepted, 2014?).  [abs]
  4. D. Wong. ""Integrating Philosophy with Anthropology in an Approach to Morality"." Anthropological Theory 14:3 (2014): 336-55.  [abs]
  5. D. Wong. ""The Different Faces of Love in a Good Life"." Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman  (2014): 97-126.