Shen, Vincent T.

Vincent T. Shen (Ph.D., Univ. Catholique de Louvain)
Professor, Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture 
Department of East Asian Studies
Office Phone: 416-978-7568
Office Location: Robarts Library #14209 (14th Floor)
E-mail: vincent[dot]shen[at]utoronto[dot]ca

Vincent Shen’s primary research interest is in the area of Chinese philosophy, specifically Daoism and Confucianism. His secondary research interests are: comparative philosophy, phenomenology, and philosophical problems of technology, culture and religion.

Shen received his Ph.D. in 1980 at the Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, Université Catholique de Louvain with a thesis titled Action et Creativité: une étude sur les contrastes génétiques et structurels entre l’action blondélienne et la creativité whiteheadienne. He taught philosophy at National Chengchi University, Taipei for twenty years before moving to the University of Toronto in 2000. Vincent Shen has held the Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture since July 2000, and is cross-appointed with the Departments of East Asian Studies and Philosophy. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Chair of East Asian Studies. He has also been a visiting professor at many European universities. He was Visiting Research Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1985); holder of the Verbiest Chair, Universiteit Katholik te Leuven, Belgium (1986); Visiting Professor, Institute of Theory and Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna (1993) and Institute of Psychology, University of Vienna(1996); holder of European Chair of Chinese Studies, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands (1998-1999), and Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna(2008).

His publications include Essays on Philosophy East and West (1983), Disenchantment of the World (1984), After Physics (1987), Rebirth of Tradition (1992), Confucianism, Taoism and Constructive Realism (1994), Contrast, Strangification and Dialogue (2002), Technology and Culture (2003), Ideas of University and Spirit of Strangification (2004), Generosity to the Other: Chinese Culture, Christianity and Strangification (2004), An Anthology of Vincent Shen (2005), Essays on Intercultural Philosophy and Religion (2012), From Matteo Ricci to Heidegger-An intercultural view of interaction philosophy East and West (2014), Technology, Humanities and Cultural Development (2014), and more than 100 papers, some of them have been translated into German, French and Vietnamese. He has edited some 16 books, including Wisdom in China and the West (2004), Confucian Ethics: Retrospect and Prospect (2007), and Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy (2013).

Vincent Shen served as President of the Chinese Philosophical Association (two terms: 1995-1999, 1999-2003); President of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, USA (1997-1999), and is now its Executive Director(2001.11- present).

Academic Background:

  • Ph.D., Institut Superieur de la Philosophie, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
  • M.A., Institut des Etudes des Pays en voie de Developpement, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
  • M.A., Institut Superieur de Philosophie, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
  • M.A., Graduate School of Philosophy, Fujien Catholic University
  • B.A., Department of Philosophy, Fujien Catholic University;