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Chinese Philosophy

Philosophy in General

Philosophy degrees are all about asking big questions - the value of life, the basis of morality, the nature of the world around us. Thanks to the ever accelerating advancements made in the ‘hard’ sciences over the past 200 years, human knowledge has advanced to a point that once would have been inconceivable.

However, such disciplines can only really deal with ‘how’ – ‘why’ is a different matter altogether. Science cannot explain the purpose of human existence or fully get to grips with the complexity of human relationships; it can’t explain the value of life, or why something is right or wrong; and it cannot explore the ideas we use to make sense of the phenomenal world around us. This, instead, is the remit of philosophy.

Chinese Philosophy

Chinese philosophy is the intellectual tradition of the Chinese culture from their early recorded history to the present day. The main philosophical topics of Chinese philosophy were heavily influenced by the ideas of important figures like Laozi, Confucius, Mencius and Mozi, who all lived during the second half of the Zhou dynasty (8th to 3rd century BCE). Chinese culture as a whole has been shaped by the influence of these intellectual leaders.

Philosophy Studies in China and Other Major Countries
Master Tuition (RMB/year)
Master Degree Duration
2-3 years
3-4 years
3 years
3-4 years
Bechalor Major Limitation
Bechalor is relative
Language Requirements



Why Study Chinese Philosophy in China?

4 Reasons of Choosing to Study Chinese Philosophy in China

  • Gvie you a critital and apeculative thinking when you are making desicions or definitions.
  • To have a relatively deep knowledge of the logic of Chinese and the rules of China society.
  • If you are a non-Chinese student, you would have a advantage over the the field of comparative philosophy between Chinese thoughts and your native thoughts.
  • Chinese Philosophy is the essence of Chinese language, culture, and society.

Careers for Philosophy Majors

Career in Law

Many of our philosophy alumni have gone on to a career in law. The ability to think and write clearly, to analyze and present arguments, is highly valued in the law profession. Philosophy majors have one of the highest rates of acceptance at law schools. Taking some philosophy courses that have a natural tie-in with law (philosophy of law, ethics, political philosophy) may be helpful but are not necessary.

Careers in Local, State, and Federal Government

Many philosophy alumni have gone to a variety of positions in various government agencies, such as the Department of Transportation, their native country's government, etc.


Careers for Philosophy Majors

Careers in Business

Business and philosophy seem at first glance to be poles apart, but, in fact, many successful people in business and industry started out as philosophy majors. Recent philosophy alumni have become stockbrokers, venture capitalists, marketing specialists, managers, editors, publishing industry executives, real-estate brokers.

Let’s face it: when you go to a job interview with a company, and you let them know that you are a philosophy major, your personal stock goes up. It shows that you are intrigued by difficult and fundamental problems, that your interests are broad, that you have a good head, and that you express yourself well. There is an aura about “philosophy” that often gives candidates a competitive edge in interview situations.

Where to Study Chinese Philosophy in China

Detailed Comparison of the 5 Universities


Renmin University of China

  • Tuition: 40,000 RMB per year(Master)
  • Location:Beijing
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Language requirement: English, IELTS score
  • Advantages: the Department of Philosophy ranking No.50 in the world by QS in 2017;
    One of the largest centers for philosophy in China and the world, with an international reputation for academic excellence

Detailed Comparison of the 5 Universities


Fudan University

  • Tuition: 26,000 RMB per year(Master)
  • Location: Shanghai
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Language requirement: Chinese, HSK Level 5
  • Advantages: Chinese Philosophy is one of the first esablished batch of majors in China; Famous for its studies of Sung Ming Neo-confucianism; Have advangeges over its connection between Chinese Philosophy and Marxist Philosophy

Detailed Comparison of the 5 Universities


Wuhan University

  • Tuition: 23,000 RMB per year(Bachelor)
  • Location:Wuhan
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Language requirement: China, HSK Level 5
  • Advantages: The Division of Chinese Philosophy is renowned for its strengths in Neo-Confucianism, philosophy of the Ming-Qing period(15th to19th centuries), and Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts; Known for its bilingual teaching by both by domestic famous teachers and international professionals with the original works.

Detailed Comparison of the 5 Universities


Sun Yat-sen University

  • Tuition: 27,000 RMB per year(Bachelor)
  • Location:Guangzhou
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Language requirement: Chinese, HSK Level 4
  • Advantages: Having lessons for the learning of Pali, Sanskrit, Greek, and Hebrew which are in fabor of original works reading and comprehension; Having academic lectures of philosophy once a week; "The cradle of the thinker, politician, publicist, and entrepreneur"

Detailed Comparison of the Top 5


Nanjing University

  • Tuition: 23,000 RMB per year(Bachelor)
  • Location:Nanjing
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Language requirement:Chinese, HSK Level 6
  • Advantages: Most of teachers are authors with many classic academic works and also deans in the field of philosophy; the resource of library is copious, including many valuable and rare Chinese philosophy works

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