Stephen C. Angle

Philosopher; 2016-17 Berggruen Fellow at Tsinghua University

Stephen C. Angle is Director of the Fries Center for Global Studies, Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, and Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. Angle specializes in Chinese Philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and comparative philosophy, and his research focuses on philosophy’s role in human rights, politics, and ethics both in China and globally. He has co-directed two NEH Summer Institutes: one on Confucianism and Human Rights (with Michael Slote), the other on “Reviving Philosophy as a Way of Life,” with Meghan Sullivan and Stephen Grimm. Angle is a recipient of two Fulbright grants, a Berggruen Fellowship, a Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowship, a Chiang Ching-Kuo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a past President of the International Society for Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Philosophy. Angle is the author of Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry (2002; Chinese edition, 2012), Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (2009; Chinese edition, 2017), Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (2012; Chinese edition, 2015), co-author (with Justin Tiwald) of Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (2017), and co-editor of two other volumes. Many of his books and articles have been published in Chinese translation under his Chinese name, 安靖如. His blog on Chinese and comparative philosophy is <>. Angle’s current research focuses on contemporary Confucian philosophy and on Confucianism as a way of life.

By Stephen C. Angle

Podcast: The Confucian Uses of Hierarchy