Biography

John R. Williams is a scholar of Chinese philosophy. He wrote a dissertation on Fang Yizhi’s 方以智 (A.D. 1611-1671) masterwork of Zhuangzi 莊子commentary, Monk Yaodi Roasts Zhuangzi (Yaodi paozhuang 藥地炮莊), at the National University of Singapore. His work has appeared in various venues, including Philosophy East & West, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Frontiers of Philosophy in China, Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, and Comparative Philosophy. He has also presented his research at various venues, including the University of Chicago, the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and at several different APA meetings across the United States. 

Academic Publications

o “A Couple Nagging Interpretive Difficulties in Zhuangzi Studies vis-à-vis William James on the Ethics and Psychology of Belief,” Frontiers of Philosophy in China, 14(4) (2019)

o “Christoph Harbsmeier contra Karyn Lai and Kevin DeLapp on the Epistemological Characteristics of Early Confucianism,” Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, 30 (2018)

o “Two Paradigmatic Strategies for Reading Zhuang Zi’s “Happy Fish” Vignette as Philosophy: Guo Xiang’s and Wang Fuzhi’s Approaches,” Comparative Philosophy, 9(2) (2018)

o “The Vanishing Wild Card: Challenges and Implications of Ziporyn's Zhuangzi,” Philosophy East & West, 67(1) (2017)

o “The Radiance of Drift and Doubt: Zhuangzi and the Starting Point of Philosophical Discourse,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 16(1) (2017)