Tu Weiming

GTF 2013 Award for Excellence in Cultural Understanding

Tu Weiming, Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University, was born in Kunming and grew up in Taiwan. He received his B. A. from Tunghai University in Taiwan, M. A. and Ph. D. from Harvard University. Tu is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988-). Executive member of the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FISP, 2008-) and a tutelary member of the Institute of International Philosophy (IIP2010-).
Tu has taught Chinese intellectual history, philosophies of China and Confucian humanism at Tunghai University (1967-68), Princeton (1967-71), Princeton University (1967-1971), University of California in Berkeley (1971-81), Peking University (1985), Taiwan University (1988), and the Ecole des Haute Etudes in Paris (1989). He taught at Harvard from 1981 to 2010.
He holds honorary professorships (comparable to honorary degrees) from Zhejiang, Sun Yat-sen,Suzhou, Renmin, Jinan, the Foreign Languages University and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, all in China. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Lehigh, Michigan State (Grand Valley), Shandong (the highest honor confirmed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China), Tunghai (Taiwan), Lingnan (Hong Kong), King`s College in London and Macau University, and Soca University. He was invited by the United Nations as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons to Facilitate the Dialogue Among Civilizations in 2001 and gave a presentation on civilizational dialogue to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2004. He was the recipient of the grand prize of International Togue Society, the second Thomas Berry award for Ecology and Religion, Lifelong Achievement Award by the American Humanist Society, and the first Confucius Cultural Award (Qufu, 2009). He has given keynote addresses/plenary session presentations at world congresses of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences: the XVIII World Congress of Philosophy in Boston (1998), the Beijing Forum (2004), the World Congress on the History of Religions in Tokyo (2005), the Maimonides Lecture at the 22th World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (2008), the 16th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Studies in Kunming (July 2009), and the 24th World Congress of Philosophy of Law in Beijing (2009).
He was elected to the Executive Committee of the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FISP), in 2008. His is on the editorial boards of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Philosophy East and West and Dao. Tu is the author of Confucian Thought in Action: Wang Yangming’s Youth, Zhongyong: an Essay on Confucian Religiousness, Humanity and Self-Cultivation, Way, Learning and Politics, Selfhood as Creative Transformation, and the Global Significance of Concrete Humanity. Tu’s five-volume collected work in Chinese was published in China in 2001. He has been instrumental in developing discourses on dialogue among civilizations, Cultural China, reflections on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West and multiple modernities. He is currently researching the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.

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