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David Wong

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211 W Duke Building
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3046 (office)

PhDPrinceton University1977
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Special Honors in PhilosophyMacalester College1971
Areas of Interest

Ethical Theory
 Moral Psychology
 Comparative Ethics
 Chinese Philosophy

Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy, July 01, 2007 - present
Professor, September, 2000 - present
Brandeis University
Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy, 1993 - 2000
Full Professor, 1991 - 2000
Associate Professor, 1983 - 1991
Chair, Department of Philosophy, 1983 - 1990, 1993-1996
Assistant Professor, 1977 - 1983
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, 1976 - 1977
Visiting Positions
John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Boston University, Fall, 1999
Professor, Wellesley College, 1992, Spring 1999
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Fall
Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2007-8
Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy, July, 2007
Harry Austryn Wolfson Professorship in Philosophy, Brandeis University, 1993 - 2000
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1992 - 1993
Chancellor's Distinguished Lecturer, University of California at Irvine
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1986 - 1987
NDEA (National Defense Education Act) Fellowship, 1971-1974
Phi Beta Kappa
Selected Recent Invited Talks

"Feeling, Reflection, and Reasoning in the Mencius", "Modes of Reasoning: East and West" at the University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany, July 10, 2015  
"Institutional Structures and Idealism of Character", University of Hong Kong, May 15, 2015  
"Rediscovering Moral Beauty", University of Hong Kong, May 14, 2015  
"The Authority of Moral Beauty", Agnes Scott College, April 09, 2015  
"Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy:" Keynote Address to 2015 Meetings of the South Carolina Philosophical Society, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, March 27, 2015  
Seminar discussion of my article "Integrating Philosophy with Anthropology in an Approach to Morality," led by Steven Lukes and Gabi Abend, NYU Sociology Department, March 09, 2015  
"Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy, Philosophy Department, Brandeis University, March 06, 2015  
Seminar discussion of my article "Relativist Explanations of Interpersonal and Group Disagreement", New York University Philosophy Department Mind and Language seminar conducted by Paul Horwich and Crispin Wright, February 24, 2015  
“A Case for Relativism Based on Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy", Conference on the Coherence of Relativism, University of Bonn, Germany, December 14, 2014  
"Reflection and Emotion in Mencius and Xunzi", Conference: "Moral Sentimentalism and the Foundations of Morality" at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, November 14, 2014  
"Reflection and Emotion in Mencius and Xunzi", International Conference for the Society of Political Thought: Comparative Ancient and Medieval Political Thought, Yale University, May 01, 2014  
"On Learning What Happiness Is" Keynote Address, Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophy Society Meetings 2014, April 26, 2014  
"On Valuing Disagreement", Philosophy Department, Macalester College, April 24, 2014  
"The Authority of Moral Beauty in Xunzi", Rutgers University, Philosophy Department, April 11, 2014  
"Moral Cultivation", San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2014  
"On Valuing Moral Disagreement", Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, January 20, 2014  
On Learning What Happiness Is, 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (University of Buffalo), July 21, 2013   [PDF]
Xunzi as Moral Craftsman, Rutgers University - International Conference on Nature and Value in Chinese and Western Philosophies, April 04, 2013  
Response to "Rethinking Equality" by Wang Hui, Tsinghua University, National Humanities Center, March 22, 2013  
"Xunzi as Moral Craftsman", University of Hawaii at Manoa, Feb 9, 2013  
"What We Can Learn from Early Confucian Philosophy about Moral Development," given as Leys Lecture/Keynote Address to Society for Comparative and Asian Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, October 12, 2012  
Philomathia Lectures on Human Values: Chinese Philosophy and the Development of Compassion, Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 15-18, 2012  
Metaphors for self-cultivation in the Analects, Mencius, and Xunzi: adornment, craft, flowing water, and sprouts, Columbia University, February 24, 2012  
Integrity Philosophy with Anthropology in an Approach to Morality, Colorado College, December 15, 2011  
How Does Xunzi Really Disagree with Mencius? How Their Differences Might Help Us Think about Human Nature and Morality, National University of Singapore, August 12, 2011  
"The Place of Love in a Good Life", University of Connecticut at Storrs, May 21, 2011  
"Reconsidering Mencius' and Xunzi's Conceptions of Human Nature in the Light of their Continued Relevance", Boston, American Philosophical Association Meetings, Eastern Divison, December 28, 2010  
"What We Can Learn from Mencius on Human Nature and the Development of Ethical Virtue", 35th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, University of Minnesota at Morris, October 08, 2010  
"Are Moral Conversions Possible?", Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, October 07, 2010 [php]  
"Mencius on Human Nature and Ethical Virtue", University of Glasgow, June 06, 2010  
Commentary on "Perceived Objectivity of Ethical Beliefs" by Goodwin and Darley, New York University, May 01, 2010  
Integrating Philosophy with Anthropology in an Approach to Morality, American Anthropological Association Meetings in Philadelphia, December 05, 2009  
Complexity and Simplicity in Aristotle and Early Daoist Thought, Bryn Mawr College, October, 2009  
Relativism and the Explanation of Commonality and Difference, Pacific APA, Vancouver, B.C., April 09, 2009  
Veroni Lecture: How Are Moral Conversions Possible?, Kent State University, March 11, 2009  
"Can Love Be Reasoned?", Eastern APA in Philadelphia, December 28, 2008  
"Pluralism and Ambivalence", Eastern APA in Philadelphia, December 28, 2008  
"Cultural Pluralism and Moral Identity", Notre Dame, November 13, 2008  
"Teaching Comparative Ethics", National University of Singapore, April 22, 2008  
Respondent to an "Author meets Critics" panel on my book Natural Moralities at Pacific APA, Pasadena, CA, March 20, 2008  
"Agon and He: Contest and Harmony", Beijing Forum, Beijing University, November 3, 2007  
"Complexity and Simplicity in Ancient Greek and Chinese Thought", Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, October 02, 2007  
"identifying with the Nonhuman in Early Daoism, San Francisco Pacific APA, April 07, 2007  
The Ruth Evelyn Parcells Memorial Lecture: "Constructing Normative Objectivity in Ethics", University of Connecticut at Storrs, March 30, 2007  
"Agon and He: Contest and Harmony", Beijing University, November 3, 2007  
"Constructing Normative Objectivity in Ethics", Bowling Green University, November 18, 2006  
“Identifying with the Nonhuman in Early Daoism", Institute for Chinese Studies, Oxford University, June 23, 2006  
"Crossing Cultures in Moral Psychology", Duke University, December 05, 2005  
“Attachment and Detachment in Daoism, Buddhism, and Stoicism, SUNY @ Buffalo, April 21, 2005  
Participation on panel concerning terrorism and ethics, Duke University, April, 2005  
"Taking Moral Relativism Seriously", University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, September 17, 2004  
"Chinese Philosophy and Moral Relativism", Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, June 11, 2004  
"Where Charity Begins", Conference entitled Philosophical Engagement: Davidson’s Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Scienceds, Beijing, China, June 09, 2004  
“Relational and Autonomous Selves", Eastern Division of American Philosophical Association Meetings, Washington D.C., 30 December 2003  
Commentary on ““The Role of French Colonialism in Current Vietnamese Attitudes towards Pharmaceuticals” by Laurence Monnais, Science Across Cultures: Workshop in the History of Science, Princeton University, 24 October 2003  
“Culture, Class, and the Difficult Virtue of Respectful Dialogue", Panel concerning civic virtues in the 2003 Moral Education in a Diverse Society, Durham, N.C., September 19, 2003  
“Zhuangzi and the Obsession with Being Right", Philosophy as a Way of Life: Moral Psychology in Early Chinese Philosophy, Fairbank Center, Harvard University, 3 May 2003  
“Dwelling in Virtue or Free and Easy Wandering?”, University of Alabama at Huntsville, 15 October 2002  
“The Kinds of Community We Need”, Franklin J. Matchette Lecture at Kent State University, 19 September 2002  
“Pluralism, the Family, and Affective Networks”, A conference entitled, Social Networks and Civil Society: A Comparative Approach City University of Hong Kong, 2 April 2002  
“Cultivating Moral Judgment”, At Moral Self-Cultivation conference, Santa Clara University, 10 April 2001  
“Internal and External Reasons”, at Triangle Moral Philosophy Discussion Group, Chapel Hill, N.C., 6 November 2000  
“Confucianism and Pluralism”, At a Workshop Confucianism and Pluralism, Wesleyan University, 14 May 2000  
“Dwelling in Humanity or Free and Easy Wandering?”, Eight Annual Philosopher’s Conference, East-West Institute, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 12 January 2000  
Roundtable discussion, Conference on “Normativity,” Brown University, November, 1999  
“Liberalism and the Dilemmas of Value Pluralism”, Institute on Race and Social Division, Boston University, 6 October 1999  
"Harmony, Fragmentation, and Democratic Ritual", Duke University, 16 April 1999  
"Fragmentation in Civil Society and the Good", The John M. Findlay Lecture, Boston University as the John M. Findlay Lecture, 14 February 1999  
"Harmony, Fragmentation, and Democratic Ritual", Vassar College, 6 February 1999  
Is There a Distinction Between Reason and Desire in Mencius?, University of California at Irvine, 1990  
Reasons from the Inside and the Outside, University of California at Irvine, 1990  
Doctoral Theses Directed

Sanem Soyarslan, (September, 2009 - August 25, 2011)  
Andres Luco, (2008 - December 10, 2009)  
Kevin DeLapp, (January 6, 2003 - May 01, 2006)  
Marion Hourdequin, An Evolutionary Naturalistic Account of Ethical Norms, (January 6, 2003 - September 01, 2005)  
Anthony Williams, Incommensurability, Rational Choice, and Progress in Ethics and Science: Problems, Solutions, and an Application, (2003)  
James Abordo Ong, (April, 2009 - December 2014)  
Hagop Sarkissian, (September 01, 2005 -2008)  
Publications (listed separately)

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