Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture
Chris Fraser holds the Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture, a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of East Asian Studies. His research specialization is classical Chinese philosophy, particularly how early Chinese theories of mind, knowledge, and language intersect with issues in contemporary epistemology, action theory, and ethics. He also works on the history of Chinese political thought, especially the development of the concept of standards or laws and the interplay between moral character and social institutions. His recent books include Late Classical Chinese Thought (Oxford, forthcoming), The Essential Mozi (Oxford, 2020), and The Philosophy of the Mozi (Columbia, 2016). He is also currently working on both a monograph and a translation of the Daoist classic Zhuangzi.
Before joining the University of Toronto, Chris was Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong (2009–2021). He previously taught in the Department of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taipei.
For details of recent publications and courses, please see Professor Fraser’s personal website.