SHEN, VINCENT Contact Areas of Interest

Shen, Vincent
(1) 130 St George Street, Room 14209, Toronto, ON
t: 416-978-7658
(2) 170 St George Street, Room 508, Toronto ON
t: 416-978-3789
  • Chinese philosophy, specifically Daoism and Confucianism
  • Comparative philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophical problems of technology, culture and religion


PhD, Institut Superieur de la Philosophie, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
MA, Institut des Etudes des Pays en voie de Developpement, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
MA, Institut Superieur de Philosophie, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgique
MA, Graduate School of Philosophy, Fujien Catholic University
BA, Department of Philosophy, Fujien Catholic University

Vincent Shen holds the Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture in the Department of East Asian Studies. Professor 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).


Professor Shen’s 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 Strangfication (2004), An Anthology of Vincent Shen (2005), and more than 100 papers, some of which have been translated into German, French and Vietnamese. He has edited some 15 books, including Wisdom in China and the West (2004), Confucian Ethics: Retrospect and Prospect (2007), published at Council for Research in Philosophy and Values, Washington DC. 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).