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ZHANG Zhigang

Zhongjian Mou
ZHANG Zhigang



Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Ph. D. Advisor at Peking University




ZHANG Zhigang is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Ph. D. Advisor at Peking University, and Director of Teaching and Research Center on Christianity and Religious Studies Theories, Chief Expert of “Research on Contemporary Religious Conflicts and Dialogues” (2003-2008), one of the key research projects of philosophical and social sciences under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of China. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Religious Theories at Renmin University, Guest Professor of the Center for Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies at Shandong University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. He was Research Fellow at the Harvard Yenching Institute (1998-1999) and DAAD Guest Professor at Frankfurt University (2006-2007). Professor Zhang’s research interests include religious studies theories, philosophy of religion, Christian theology, religion and culture, Chinese and western philosophies, and religious and cultural comparative studies. His major publications include An Introduction to the Cultural Studies of Religion (1993), A Dialogue between the Owl and God: Major Philosophical Issues of Christianity (1993), Approaching the Sacred: Problems and Methods of Modern Religious Studies (1995), Hesitancy of Rationality: Comparison of Views of Rationality in Modern Western Philosophies of Religion (1997), What is the Religious Studies? (2002), and A Study of Philosophy of Religion: A Critique of Contemporary Ideas, Key Links, and Methodologies (2003). He was editor-in-chief of Religious Ethics in the East and the West and Other Essays (co-edited with M. Y. Stewart, 1997), History of Religious Exchange between China and Foreign Countries (co-edited with Yulie Lou, 1998), Keys to Religious Studies (2005), A Study of Views on Religion in the 20th Century (2007), and “Cross-Cultural Thinkers” Book Series (2005-present).


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