Eiho Baba (Rong-Fong Chang) is half-Taiwanese and half-Japanese. He holds a joint-appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Asian Studies. He teaches various courses on Chinese and Japanese philosophies, which satisfy both the non-Western requirement at the Department of Philosophy and the philosophy and religion requirement at the Department of Asian Studies. He specializes in comparative philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Japanese philosophy, metaphysics, and epistemology. Dr. Baba is currently working on a monograph on the Song Dynasty Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi.

Experience in Asia

Eiho Baba has traveled extensively throughout East Asia, but lived and worked primarily in Japan and Taiwan.

Name Title Description

PHL-101

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to some of the classic problems of philosophy, with emphasis on understanding the nature of philosophical reflection and reasoning. Includes epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and other major branches of philosophy.

PHL-240

Chinese Philosophy

Survey of the development of Classical Chinese Philosophy with emphasis upon Confucian, Daoist, and Neo-Confucian traditions.

PHL-241

Confucian Philosophy

A comprehensive survey of Confucian philosophy including Early Confucianism (Confucius and Mencius), the Daoxue or Neo-Confucianism of the Song (960-1276) and the Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties (Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming), and the 20th Century New Confucian Movement (Mou Zongsan and Tang Junyi).

PHL-250

Japanese Philosophy

The development of Japanese Philosophy from the classical period to modern times with a focus upon Buddhist philosophy and its intersection with the West. Analysis includes Early Buddhism, Kukai's Shingon Buddhism, and Dogen's Soto Zen Buddhism. The encounter of Japanese Philosophy with the West is studied through modern figures such as Nishida Kitaro, Watsuji Tetsuro, and Yuasa Yasuo.

PHL-375

Metaphysics

Investigation into the nature, constitution, and structure of reality. Categorization of all things and articulation of the special relations that obtain between those categories. Topics may include universals and particulars, personal identity, freedom and determinism, modality, causation, and time. Examination of central issues and problems of metaphysics through discussions and reading works by both classical and contemporary philosophers.

PHL-420

Metaphysics

Investigation into the nature, constitution, and structure of reality. Categorization of all things and articulation of the special relations that obtain between those categories. Topics may include universals and particulars, personal identity, freedom and determinism, modality, causation, and time. Examination of central issues and problems of metaphysics through discussions and reading works by both classical and contemporary philosophers.

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  • Wing-tsit Chan Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Philosophy
  • Chung-Fong and Grace Ning Excellence in Chinese Studies
Education
Ph.D.
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
M.A.
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
M.S.
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
B.A.
International Christian University

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