Tu Weiming

Tu Weiming

Professor, Philosophy & Director, The Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Peking University

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).