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Dr. Jing Iris Hu, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Jing Iris Hu, Department of Philosophy
David Ward
Office: S-M 309 
M Annex,
2135 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2524
Website(s): Academia Profile
Availability: By appointment.


Ph.D.: Duke University, North Carolina (2017)

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. My work focuses on moral emotions such as sympathy, empathy, shame and related topics such as moral progress/discovery. I am particularly interested in understanding the role emotions (qing) play in moral deliberation, moral perception, and moral motivation in Chinese philosophy and moral psychology. 

My work has appeared in journals such as Dao, Philosophy Compass, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, and the Journal of Chinese Philosophy. Here is a story on the Global and Mail on my study on the cultivation and expression of emotions in public lives.  

Before joining Concordia’s faculty, I was a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. I have held teaching positions at Seattle University and Washington and Lee University.  

Besides my research, I do freelance translation on topics that interest me. For example, my translation of Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology is one of the most popular books on in 2019 in China.

Teaching activities

Fall 2020-21
PHIL 380 Chinese Philosophy: From Han to the 19th Century
PHIL 235 Biomedical Ethics

Winter 2019-20
PHIL 235 Biomedical Ethics

Fall 2019-20
PHIL 285 - Non-Western Philosophy

PHIL 430 - Advanced Studies in Ethics

Research activities

I am currently working on a few projects on empathy/sympathy, shame, honesty, as well as Confucian ethics in general. For my publication and draft papers, see the publication section.


Shame, Vulnerability, and Change, The Journal of American Philosophical Association. (forthcoming). Penultimate draft. 

Constructing Morality with Mengzi: Three Lessons on Moral Discovery and Meta-ethics, with S. Robertson, in Lost Voice at the Foundation of Ethics, Routledge. ed. Colin Marshal, (2020).  Penultimate draft.

Moral Motivation in Mencius Part 1—When a child falls into a well, Philosophy Compass. 2019; 14:e12615. Link

Moral Motivation in Mencius Part 2—When one burst of anger brings peace to the world,” Philosophy Compass. 2019; 14:e12614. Link

Empathy for non-kin, the faraway, the unfamiliar, and the abstract—an interdisciplinary study on moral cultivation and a response to Prinz. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. 2018. 17.3: 349-362. Link

Danvers A. F., Hu, J., and M. J. O’Neil (2018), “Emotional Congruence and Judgments of Honesty and Bias,” Collabra: Psychology, 4(1), 40. DOI: Link

 Flanagan, O. & Hu, J. (2011). Han Fei Zi’s philosophical psychology: Human nature, scarcity, and the neo-Darwinian consensus. Journal of Chinese philosophy, 38(2), 293-316.

  ·     Reprinted in J. D.Carlson & A. F. Russell, State of Nature in Comparative PoliticalThought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives (Chapter 2). LexingtonBooks.


Between Nature and Person: What the Neo-Confucian Wang Fuzhi Can Teach Us About Ecological Humanism, Comparative and Continental Philosophy. 2018;10.3. Link

"The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy." Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 97(2), pp. 421–422. Link


Women’s learning in the Confucian Tradition and Contemporary China—Learned Women, “Leftover” Women, and “The Third Sex,” forthcoming in Arvind Sharma edited volume on Women and Religious Traditions. Penultimate draft.

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