Welcome to the website of Bryan W. Van Norden! Van Norden is author, editor, or translator of nine books on Chinese and comparative philosophy, including Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011), Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy: Han to the 20th Century (2014, with Justin Tiwald), and Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2nd ed., 2005, with P.J. Ivanhoe). 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 US by The Princeton Review. Van Norden received his PhD from Stanford University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department and regularly teaches in the Department of Chinese & Japanese at Vassar College.
In May of 2016, Van Norden and Jay Garfield of Smith College co-authored an editorial in The Stone column of The New York Times, entitled, “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is.” The article called for US philosophy departments to either diversify the figures and texts they teach, or rename themselves “Departments of Anglo-European Philosophy” to acknowledge their parochialism. The article received a record number of comments and has been debated on dozens of websites, from Reddit to DailyNous. In response to the controversy, Van Norden has written a book arguing for multiculturalism in philosophy. Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in the fall of 2017, and will feature a Foreword by Jay Garfield.
Van Norden is married, and is the proud parent of two children, one cat, and one French Bulldog. His hobbies are poker (he has played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas) and video games.