David Chai


博士 (多伦多大学)
Rm 422
3943 7066


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.”


  1. 古代中国哲学、中世纪中国哲学
  2. 美学
  3. 形上学
  4. 现象学
  5. 诠释学
  6. 比较哲学
  7. 宗教哲学


Recent Books:

  1. Daoist Resonances in Heidegger: Exploring a Forgotten Debt. London: Bloomsbury, (forthcoming, 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.

Recent Papers:

  1. Guo Xi on Painting the Invisible Gaze of Dao, 2021.
  2. The Temporal Life of Fish: Zhuangzi on Perfection in Time, 2021.
  3. Ji Kang’s Essay on Dispelling Self-Interest, 2020.
  4. Ruan Ji’s Essay on Comprehending the Zhuangzi, 2020.
  5. Daoism and Hegel on Painting the Invisible Spirit: To Color or Not?, 2020.
  6. Paul Tillich, Zhuangzi, and the Creational Role of non-Being, 2019.
  7. Daoism and the Meontological Imagination,  2019.
  8. Nothingness and Selfhood in the Zhuangzi, 2019.