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Jing Iris Hu, Ph.D.

Jing Hu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: (405) 325-8007
Office: Chemistry Building (CHB), 309   

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Dr. Jing Iris Hu received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University, studying ethics and Asian philosophy. Before that, she studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Wuhan University for her M.Phil. and B.A. in philosophy. Hu’s research facilitates a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue between Confucianism and Western ethics through a close study of moral emotions and virtues such as sympathy/empathy, honesty, and shame. Hu has held academic positions at institutions such as Washington and Lee University and Seattle University, and is currently conducting research on sympathy/empathy, honesty and shame in the early Confucian philosophical tradition at the Institute. Hu’s work has appeared (and is forthcoming) in journals such as Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, and Journal of Chinese philosophy. Hu has also translated a number of popular books in the US into Chinese, including Marvel’s Captain America Vol. 5 and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology.


  • Hu, J. (Forthcoming). 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.
  • Hu, J. (Forthcoming). Between nature and person: What the neo-Confucianist Wang Fuzhi can teach us about ecological humanism. Comparative and Continental Philosophy, invited paper.
  • 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 Political Thought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives (Chapter 2). Lexington Books.

Translations (English to Chinese)

  • Frazer, M. (2016). The enlightenment of sympathy: Justice and the moral sentiments in the eighteenth century and today. (J. Hu, Trans.). Nanjing: Yi Lin Press of China.
  • Bruya, B. (2011). The cognitive science of wu wei. (J. Hu, Trans.). The Journal of Chinese Philosophy and Culture, 9.
  • Shun, K. (2010). Studying Confucian and comparative ethics: Some methodological reflections. (J. Hu, Trans.). The Journal of Chinese Philosophy and Culture, 7.