Dr. Paul R. Goldin

May 15, 2018

Professor, Chinese Thought

215-573-9615 (I never check my voice messages)

851 Williams Hall

Office Hours
by appointment

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996

Research Interests

My main area of research is Warring States China (5th to 3rd centuries B.C.). Although my focus is intellectual and cultural history, the study of this period is necessarily interdisciplinary, and my work also involves archaeology, art history, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Please note that all of my bibliographies and resources have been moved to my Academia.edu page, at least until the release of our new department website.  The current website can no longer handle such large uploads.

Courses Taught
  • EALC 1 (Introduction to Chinese Civilization);
  • EALC 131/531 (Introduction to Classical Chinese Thought);
  • EALC 233/633 (Chinese Aesthetics);
  • EALC 239/639 (Sex and Society in Ancient China);
  • EALC 240/640 (Early Chinese History);
  • EALC 241/641 (Law in Pre-Modern China);
  • EALC 721/722 (Advanced Classical Chinese);
  • EALC 740 (Sinological Methods).
Selected Publications
  • Lu Jia's New Discourses: A Political Manifesto from the Early Han Dynasty (Brill, 2020) (with Elisa Levi Sabattini)
  • The Art of Chinese Philosophy: Eight Classical Texts and How to Read Them (Princeton, 2020)
  • Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History (Routledge, 2018)
  • A Concise Companion to Confucius (Wiley, 2017)
  • Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Han Fei (Springer, 2013)
  • Confucianism (California & Acumen, 2011; rpt., Routledge, 2014)
  • After Confucius: Studies in Early Chinese Philosophy (Hawaii, 2005)
  • The Culture of Sex in Ancient China (Hawaii, 2002)
  • Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi (Open Court, 1999)

In addition, I edited the new release of R.H. van Gulik's classic study, Sexual Life in Ancient China (Brill, 2003), and co-edited the Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture (Hawaii, 2005), Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China (Brill, 2015), and A Source Book of Ancient Chinese Bronze Inscriptions (Society for the Study of Early China, 2016; revised edition, 2020).


A Guide to Basic Sinological Research Materials (password protected)


Prizes, Awards and Fellowships:

Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2020

Invited Lectures by Philosopher/Sinologist of New Generation 青年哲學家特邀講座, Peking University, 2017

Visiting Fellow, International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2016

Willis F. Doney Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2013

Project Grant, China & Inner Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 1997

CV (file)
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