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Shirong Luo, Ph, D., M.S. Associate Professor of Philosophy. He has been a member of the philosophy department at Simmons College since 2006. Prior to his appointment at Simmons, he had been a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College for two years (2004- 2006). The first recipient of the Dean's Award for Exceptional Faculty Scholarship at Simmons College (2012), Dr. Luo has focused his research on Chinese philosophy of the classical period, comparative philosophy, and feminist ethics. He was an invited lecturer at the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers (2008).
Among the many courses Dr. Luo has taught at Simmons are Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, World Religions, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy and the Arts, Philosophy through Literature and Film, Philosophy of Human Nature, American Pragmatism, Biomedical Ethics, and MCC.
Recent Presentations and Lectures
Invited Lecture: "From Filial Piety to Integrated Caring." Delivered at the 2008 NEH Summer Seminar: "Traditions into Dialogue: Confucianism and Virtue Ethics" at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (July 17, 2008)
Presentation: "Early Confucian Ethics as Integrated Ethics." Presented at the Sixth Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought at De Paul University, Chicago, IL. (May 1, 2010)
Presentation: "Why Are Confucius's and Aristotle's Lists of Virtues So Far Apart?" Presented at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Atlanta, GA (December 29, 2012)
Peer-Refereed Journal Articles
"Relation, Virtue, and Relational Virtue: Three Concepts of Caring," Hypatia, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Summer 2007), pp. 92-110.
"Is Yi More Basic than Ren in the Teachings of Confucius?" Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 3 (September 2011), pp. 427-443.
"Confucius's Virtue Politics: Ren as Leadership Virtue," Asian Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 1 (February 2012), pp. 15-35.
"Setting the Record Straight: Confucius's Notion of Ren," Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. XI, No. 1 (March 2012), pp. 39-52.
"The Political Dimension of Confucius's Idea of Ren," Philosophy Compass, Vol. 7, No. 4 (April 2012), pp. 245-255.
"A Defense of Ren-Based Interpretation of Early Confucian Ethics," in Kam-por Yu, Julia Tao, and Philip J. Ivanhoe, eds., Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously: Contemporary Theories and Applications (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2010), pp. 123-143.
JeeLoo Liu, An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: From Ancient Philosophy to Chinese Buddhism, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (August 4, 2006).
David Jones and E. R. Klein, eds., Asian Texts—Asian Contexts: Encounters with Asian Philosophies and Religions, in Journal of Chinese Philosophy, (Volume 39, Issue 3, 457-461, September 2012).