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  David B. WongSusan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Trinity College Arts and Sciences Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Office Location:  211 W Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3046
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  • 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. Wong, DB. "Dialogue in the Work of Michael Krausz." Interpretation, Relativism, and Identity: Essays on the Philosophy of Michael Krausz  (2018): 67-74.
  2. Wong, DB. "Chinese Ethics (substantive revision)." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  (2018).
  3. Wong, DB. ""Making an Effort to Understand"." The Ultimate Guide From Philosophy Now :One: Ethics (November, 2017).  [abs]
  4. Wong, DB. "Responses to Snow, Miller, and Seok." Dao 16:4 (November, 2017): 577-584. [doi]
  5. Wong, DB. ""Moral Sentimentalism in Early Confucian Thought"." Ethical Sentimentalism New Perspectives  (September, 2017): 230-249.  [abs]