Tu Weiming, Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Peking University chair professor of Humanities, and Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University, was born in Kunming and grew up in Taiwan. He received his B.A. from Tunghai University in Taiwan, M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Tu is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988-), executive member of the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FISP, 2008-) and a tutelary member of the International Institute of Philosophy(IIP, 2010-). Tu has taught Chinese intellectual history, philosophies of China, and Confucian humanism at Tunghai University (1967-68), Princeton University (1967-71), University of California at Berkeley (1971-81), Beijing Normal University(1980), Peking University (1985), Taiwan University (1988), École des Hautes Études in Paris (1989). He taught at Harvard University from 1981 to 2010. He holds honorary professorships (comparable to honorary degrees) from Zhejiang, Sun Yat-sen, Suzhou, Renmin, Jinan, and Foreign Studies Universities and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, all in China. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Lehigh, Michigan State (Grand Valley), Shandong (the highest honor confirmed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China), Tunghai (Taiwan), Lingnan (Hong Kong), King’s College in London, Macau University and Soka University. He was invited by the United Nations as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons to facilitate the Dialogue among Civilizations in 2001 and gave a presentation on civilizational dialogue to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2004.
Tu was the recipient of the grand prize of International T’oegye Society(2001), the second Thomas Berry award for Ecology and Religion(2002), Lifelong Achievement Award by the American Humanist Society(2007), the first Confucius Cultural Award (Qufu, 2009), and the first Brilliance of China Award (CCTV Beijing, 2013). He has given keynote addresses/plenary session presentations at world congresses of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences: the XVIII World Congress of Philosophy in Boston (1998), the Beijing Forum (2004), the World Congress of the History of Religion in Tokyo (2005), the Maimonides Endowed Lecture in the XXII World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (2008), the 16th World Congress of Ethnology and Anthropology in Kunming (2009), the 24th World Congress of the Philosophy of Law in Beijing (2009), and the 5th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (Vienna, 2013). He has been nominated as a candidate for the presidency of FISP (election to take place in Athens on August 9, 2013).
Tu is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, the Honorary Chair of the Center for Confucian Entrepreneurs and East Asian Civilizations at Zhejiang University, the Chair of the Humanities Committee and Center for Spiritual Humanism and Business Ethics at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), The Co-Chair of the International Ma Yifu Humanities Center at Zhejiang University, and an Advisory Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is on the editorial boards of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Philosophy East and West, and Dao.
Tu is the author of Neo-Confucian Thought in Action: Wang Yangming’s Youth (1976), Centrality and Commonality: and Essay on Confucian Religiousness (1976, rev.1989),Humanity and Self-Cultivation(1979), Confucian Thought: Selfhood as Creative Transformation (1985), Way, Learning, and Politics: Essays on the Confucian Intellectual (1993), and the Global Significance of Concrete Humanity: Essays on the Confucian Discourse in Cultural China (2010). Tu’s eight-volume series of collected work in Chinese will be published by SDX Joint Publishing Company in 2013; his entire collected work will begin to be published by Peking University Press in 2013.
Tu has been instrumental in developing discourses on dialogue among civilizations, Cultural China, reflection on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West, and multiple modernities. He is currently studying the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.