About the Authors

Stephen C. Angle specializes in Chinese Philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and comparative philosophy. He has spent Fulbright years in Taipei and in Beijing, and is a Berggruen Fellow at Tsinghua University in Beijing during academic year 2016-17. Many of his books and essays have appeared in Chinese translation under his Chinese name, 安靖如. Angle’s books include Virtue Ethics and Confucianism (Routledge, 2013), Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Polity, 2012), Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Oxford, 2009), and Human Rights and Chinese Thought (Cambridge, 2002). Many of Angle’s publications are freely available at his website.

Angle received his B.A. from Yale University in East Asian Studies and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Since 1994 he has taught at Wesleyan University, where he is now Professor of Philosophy and Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies. In March 2010, Angle presented the inaugural Tang Junyi Lecture Series at the University of Michigan. Angle is a recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, a Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowship, a Chiang Ching-Kuo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and he is a past President of the International Society for Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Philosophy.


Justin Tiwald has published widely on topics in Chinese thought. These include Confucian, Daoist, and Neo-Confucian accounts of moral psychology, well-being, and political authority, as well as the implications of Confucian views for virtue ethics, individual rights, and moral epistemology. His books include Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction, with Stephen C. Angle (Polity, 2017), and Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi, with T. C. Kline III (SUNY, 2014). Some of his notable articles are “Xunzi on Moral Expertise” (Dao, 2012), “Dai Zhen on Sympathetic Concern” (Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 2010), and “A Right of Rebellion in the Mengzi?” (Dao, 2008), which won the Dao Best Essay Award. He has published translations of selected Buddhist and Neo-Confucian works in Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy (Hackett, 2014), which he edited with Bryan W. Van Norden. With Eric L. Hutton, he is a series co-editor of Oxford Chinese Thought, a translation series published by Oxford University Press.

Tiwald received his B.A. from Carleton College in 1997 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006. He is now Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University and has taught as a visiting professor at South China Normal University and the University of California Berkeley.