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), Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2nd ed., 2005, with P.J. Ivanhoe), and most recently Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (2017).  

Are American colleges and universities failing their students by refusing to teach the philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa, and other non-Western cultures? Taking Back Philosophy says yes. Even though we live in an increasingly multicultural world, most philosophy departments stubbornly insist that only Western philosophy is real philosophy and denigrate everything outside the European canon. In this biting and incisive critique of contemporary education, Van Norden lambastes academic philosophy for its Eurocentrism, insularity, and complicity with nationalism, and issues a ringing call to make our educational institutions live up to their cosmopolitan ideals.

Building on a popular New York Times opinion piece that suggested any philosophy department that fails to teach non-Western philosophy should be renamed a “Department of European and American Philosophy,” this book will challenge any student or scholar of philosophy to reconsider what constitutes the love of wisdom.

Van Norden also maintains a bibliography of Readings on the Less Commonly Taught Philosophies (follow the link here).

Bryan W. Van Norden is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Visiting Professor at Yale-NUS College (Singapore), Chair Professor in Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (PRC), and Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College (USA).   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 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. 

I am a human, and nothing human is alien to me.
— Terence
Within the Four Seas, all men are brothers.
— Zixia