Paul R. Goldin

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ProfessorChinese Thought

851 Williams Hall

Office Hours
Prof. Goldin is on leave for the 2022-2023 academic year.

PhD, Harvard University, 1996

Research Interests

My main area of research is classical Chinese history and philosophy, i.e. from the Bronze Age to late antiquity. As the study of this period is necessarily interdisciplinary, my work also involves archaeology, art history, linguistics, literature, and religion.

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

Courses Taught
  • EALC 0020 (Introduction to Chinese Civilization);
  • EALC 1521/5521 (Introduction to Classical Chinese Thought);
  • EALC 3523/7523 (Chinese Aesthetics);
  • EALC 3429/7429 (Sex and Society in Ancient China);
  • EALC 3720/7720 (Early Chinese History);
  • EALC 3721/7721 (Law in Pre-Modern China);
  • EALC 8621/8622 (Advanced Classical Chinese);
  • EALC 8820 (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:

Roger E. Covey Member in East Asian Studies, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2022-23

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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