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  David B. Wong, Affliated Faculty
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  David B. WongSusan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Trinity College Arts and Sciences Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office Location:  211 W Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3046
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Teaching (Fall 2016):

  • Phil 89s.01, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    East duke 204a, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Phil 216.01, Problems in ethical theory Synopsis
    Biddle 104, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

  • Ph.D. Princeton University 1977
  • B.A. Macalester College 1971


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. DB Wong, "Review of Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views of Childhood Development by Erin M. Cline". Notre Dame Philosophical Review  (November, 2015). [available here]
  2. DB Wong. "Early Confucian Philosophy and the Development of Compassion." Dao 14:2 (June, 2015): 157-194. [doi]
  3. DB Wong. "Responses to Commentators." Dao 14:2 (June, April, 2015): 225-233. [doi]  [abs]
  4. ""Early Confucian Philosophy and the Development of Compassion"." Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 14 (2015) (April, April, 2015): 157-194.  [abs]
  5. D. Wong. ""On Learning What Happiness Is"." Philosophical Topics: Special Issue on Happiness 41:1 (2015 technically 2013): 81-101.  [abs]