International Center                                       
     for Chinese Philosophy                                   中國哲學外文資料中心概述

The International Center for Chinese Philosophy at Soochow University aims at both fostering philosophical discourse on Chinese thought and disseminating Western Sinology in the Sinophone world.

The Center is not located in Mainland China, as one might expect, but in Taipei, the capital of the Republic of China 中華民國, better known as Taiwan (actually, the Center is merely a stone's throw away from the world-famous National Palace Museum). In Taiwan, engaging with ancient Chinese thought naturally leads to asking broader questions about the global fate of Chinese culture and Chinese approaches to human life, the cosmos, and the world. Or to put it more frankly: Taipei is situated between China and the world. In fact, there is an urgent need to reflect on the ongoing internationalization of Chinese philosophy and the possible dialogue thereof with Western modes of thought.

The Center is also home to the “Research Collection on Chinese Philosophy in Foreign Languages”, a specialist collection of Western-language materials with a focus on Chinese philosophy and Chinese intellectual history. In 2001, the Taiwanese Ministry of Education offered generous funding to purchase a wealth of books. Among the works were recently published and antiquarian in five languages: English, Japanese, French, German, and Italian. Ten years on, the collection has grown to approx. 5,000 volumes and may now be one of the finest research collections for scholars in these fields in Asia (compare Our Collection).

The Center is headed by two directors, Prof. Shen Hsiang-min, and Prof. Kai Marchal, with Prof. Lin Cheng-hung as main planner, and Prof. Mi Chien-kuo as convener.

中國哲學外文資料中心之創設,目的在藉由推廣外文中國哲學研究,輔翼臺灣(中華民國)與華語地區中國哲學之發展,為中國哲學與世界各哲學文化傳統之對話與瞭解盡一份努力。本中心隸屬於東吳大學哲學系,承教育部國家科學委員會補助經費,逐步擴展,規模初具。         

自草創迄今,歷一十二載,可分三期:初期以購置英、德文之中國哲學研究資料為主,輔以法、日文等重要文獻,並不定期邀請專家學者座談,導讀專書,以期深度利用典藏書刊;第二期運作,主要在補足最新出版之英文中國哲學研究書籍,並充實德文與法文方面相關資料,亦添購義大利文之重要文獻。至此,本中心庶幾為亞洲最完備之西方語文中國哲學研究資料庫。

現今本中心跨入第三期發展,力圖成為世界級中國哲學研究資料重鎮,除不斷增購最新出版品與蒐求精緻善本外,並重新架設網站,改版網頁,以利全面交流、溝通與傳播;擬定期舉辦讀書會、工作坊、專題演講與各種學術活動;進一步,邀請知名學者短期駐留,運用典藏,助益其研究,促進彼此討論。對於未來發展,本中心廣納建言,願成為廣泛交換中國哲學研究資訊之媒介。

本中心的主任為沈享民老師馬愷之(Kai Marchal)老師,總策劃人為林正弘老師,召集人為米建國老師