CHAI, David

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Rm 422
3943 7066

Brief Biography

Professor Chai’s principal area of research is Ancient and Early-Medieval Chinese Philosophy with an emphasis on Daoism. Secondary areas of research include modern Western philosophy (esp. metaphysics, phenomenology and hermeneutics), Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy of Nature, Philosophical Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Music. Professor Chai’s current research projects all revolve around the philosophy of nothingness and the continued advancement of what he calls “Daoist meontology.”

Research Interests

  1. Chinese Philosophy
  2. Comparative Philosophy
  3. Metaphysics
  4. Phenomenology
  5. Hermeneutics

Selected Publications

  1. Daoist Resonances in Heidegger: Exploring a Forgotten Debt. London: Bloomsbury, 2022.
  2. Reading Ji Kang’s Essays: Xuanxue in Early-Medieval China. London: Routledge, 2022.
  3. Daoist Encounters with Phenomenology: Thinking Interculturally about Human Existence.London: Bloomsbury, 2020.
  4. Dao Companion to Xuanxue [Neo-Daoism]. Cham: Springer, 2020.
  5. Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness. Albany: SUNY Press, 2019.