Ames, Roger T. 安樂哲

CCS Faculty  and  Director,  1991-2000
Professor, Philosophy
Sakamaki B-302: 956-7288
Department: 956-8649; Fax: 956-9228

BA 1970, University of British Columbia
MA 1973, University of British Columbia
PhD 1978, University of London

Professor Ames was the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies from 1991 until Spring 2000 and has been the Editor of Philosophy East and West since 1987. In 1993 he was instrumental in creating China Review International, Hawaii’s innovative new journal of reviews of scholarly literature in Chinese studies, and served as its Executive Editor from 1991 to 2000. He is co-director of the East-West Center’s Asian Studies Development Program, for which he has been successful in obtaining multiple National Endowment for the Humanities and Fulbright grants. His teaching and research interests focus on comparative philosophy, the philosophy of culture, environmental philosophy, classical Confucianism, and Daoism.

China-Related Courses

  • Phil 100 Introduction to Philosophy: Survey of Problems
  • Phil 103 Introduction to Philosophy: Environmental Philosophy
  • Phil 302 Political Philosophy
  • Phil 370 Chinese Philosophy
  • Phil 670 Confucianism
  • Phil 672 Daoism
  • Phil 740 (alpha) Seminar in Philosophical Texts (Zhuangzi, the Analects, Huainanzi, Sunzi and Legalist Texts)
  • Phil 745 Philosophy of Culture
  • Phil 790 Topics in Comparative Philosophy


  • Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press/Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press joint publication. Forthcoming
  • The Classic of Family Reverence: A Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing 孝經. With Henry Rosemont, Jr. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2009. Chinese translation by He Jinli何金俐, Peking University Press, forthcoming.
  • Meaning, Image, and Word: Reading Xu Bing. Edited with Tsao Hsingyuan (Albany NY: State University of New York Press, forthcoming).
  • Educations and Their Purposes: A Conversation Among Cultures. Edited with Peter Hershock. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008.
  • Confucian Cultures of Authority edited with Peter Hershock (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006).
  • Ziwo de yuancheng: Zhongxi hujingxia de gudian ruxue yu daojia 自我的圓成: 中西互鏡下的古典儒學與道家 (Self-consummation: Classical Confucianism and Daoism within the Mirror of East and West). Edited by Peng Guoxiang 彭國翔. Hebei University Press, 2006.
  • Dongyang cholhok, Sam kwa Changjoseong—Ha I bu dong: Sungkyunkwan Daehak e so bigyeo cholhak Gan(Eastern Philosophy, Life, and Creativity—Harmony rather than Sameness: Lectures on Comparative Philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University) translated and edited by Chang Wonsuk (Seoul: Sungkyunkwan University Press, 2005).
  • Mengzi de renxing guandian 孟子的人性觀 (Mencius’s Notion of Human Nature) ed. with Jim Behuniak (Beijing: Social Science Documentation Publishing House, 2005).
  • Daodejing: Making this Life Significant: A Philosophical Translation. (w/ David Hall). New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.
  • Focusing the Familiar: A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the Zhongyong. (w/ David Hall). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001.
  • The Democracy of the Dead. (w/David Hall). New York: Open Court, 1998.
  • Yuan Dao: Tracing Dao to Its Source (w/ D. C. Lau). New York: Ballantine Books, 1998.
  • The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation (w/Henry Rosemont, Jr.). New York: Ballantine Books, 1998.
  • Thinking From the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture (w/David Hall). Albany: SUNY Press, 1997.
  • Self and Deception: A Cross Cultural Philosophical Inquiry (Ed. w/W. Dissanayake). Albany: SUNY Press, 1996.
  • Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare. (w/D. C. Lau). New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
  • Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture. (w/David Hall). Albany: SUNY Press, 1995.
  • Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice. Ed. with W. Dissanayake and T. Kasulis. Albany: SUNY Press, 1994.
  • Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.
  • Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (Ed. w/J. Baird Callicott). Albany: SUNY Press, 1989.
  • Thinking Through Confucius (w/David L. Hall). Albany: SUNY Press, 1987.