Dr. Bryan W. Van Norden

Bryan W. Van Norden is James Monroe Taylor Chair in Philosophy at Vassar College (USA), and Chair Professor in Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (China). Van Norden has published ten books on Chinese and comparative philosophy, including Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011) and Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (2017). He has also written a Ted-Ed video on Confucius that has over 800,000 views. Van Norden has published a number of essays as a public intellectual, including “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is” (co-authored with Jay Garfield).

A recipient of Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Mellon fellowships, Van Norden has been honored as one of The Best 300 Professors in the U.S. by The Princeton Review. From 2017–2020, Van Norden was Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor at Yale-NUS College (Singapore). His hobbies are poker (he has played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas) and video games.