Paul R. Goldin

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Chinese Thought
Contact Information
Office Address: 
851 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
by appointment
215-573-9615 (I never check my voice messages)
Email Address: 



Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996

Research and Teaching Interests: 

My main area of research is Warring States China (5th to 3rd centuries B.C.). Although my focus is intellectual and cultural history, the study of this period is necessarily interdisciplinary, and my work also involves archaeology, art history, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Please note that, because of file-size issues, all of my bibliographies and resources have been moved to my page, at least until the release of our new department website.

Recent Courses: 
  • EALC 1 (Introduction to Chinese Civilization);
  • EALC 131/531 (Introduction to Classical Chinese Thought);
  • EALC 233/633 (Chinese Aesthetics);
  • EALC 239/639 (Sex and Society in Ancient China);
  • EALC 240/640 (Early Chinese History);
  • EALC 241/641 (Law in Pre-Modern China);
  • EALC 721/722 (Advanced Classical Chinese);
  • EALC 740 (Sinological Methods).
Other Professional Activity: 

Prizes, Awards and Fellowships:

  • Invited Lectures by Philosopher/Sinologist of New Generation 青年哲學家特邀講座, Peking University, 2017
  • Visiting Fellow, International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2016
  • Willis F. Doney Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2013
  • Project Grant, China & Inner Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 1997
Curriculum vitae: 


Selected Publications: 
  • Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History (Routledge, 2018)
  • A Concise Companion to Confucius (Wiley, 2017)
  • Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Han Fei (Springer, 2013)
  • Confucianism (California & Acumen, 2011; rpt., Routledge, 2014)
  • After Confucius: Studies in Early Chinese Philosophy (Hawaii, 2005)
  • The Culture of Sex in Ancient China (Hawaii, 2002)
  • Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi (Open Court, 1999)

In addition, I edited the new release of R.H. van Gulik's classic study, Sexual Life in Ancient China (Brill, 2003), and co-edited the Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture (Hawaii, 2005), Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China (Brill, 2015), and A Source Book of Ancient Chinese Bronze Inscriptions (Society for the Study of Early China, 2016).