Humanities Chair Professor, Peking University
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Hawaii
Roger T. Ames is the Humanities chair professor at Peking University, and professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Hawai’i. He has made significant contributions to the study of Chinese and comparative philosophy, in which he emphasizes the importance of understanding Chinese philosophy on its own terms rather than through the lens of Western philosophy.
He is president of the Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures, vice-chairman of the International Confucian Association, chairman of the Academic Committee at the Berggruen Institute China Center, and director and academic committee member of the Nishan World Center for Confucian Studies. In 2013, he was awarded the Confucius Culture Award by the sixth World Confucianism Conference. In 2016, he won the second Huilin Culture Award. In 2018, he was awarded The Light of Civilization - 2018 Person of the Year for Chinese Cultural Exchange, as well as the Peking University Garden of Yan Friendship Award. In 2019 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement of the Dewey Academic Society and honored with the Chinese Government Friendship Prize in 2021.
He is the past editor of Philosophy East and West and the founding editor of China Review International. Ames has authored many interpretative studies of Chinese philosophy and culture, which include A Conceptual Lexicon for Classical Confucian Philosophy (2021), Living Chinese Philosophy (2021), Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary (2011), Confucian Role Ethics – Moral Vision in the 21st Century (2020) Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China (1995), The Art of Rulership: A Study in Ancient Chinese Political Thought (1994), and Democracy of the Dead (1999). His publications also include translations of classical Chinese texts, Sun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare (1993); Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare (1996) (with D.C. Lau); The Confucian Analects (1998), the Chinese Classic of Family Reverence: The Xiaojing (2009) (both with Henry Rosemont), Focusing the Familiar: The Zhongyong (2001), and the Daodejing (2003) (with David L. Hall).