Research Program: History of Logic in China


Do different cultures embody fundamentally different styles of thinking? An emphasis on rigorous explicit logic has often been considered a hallmark of Western culture, dating back to Greek Antiquity. But things are more complex, and cultures sometimes have surprising similarities beyond their standard images. In fact, logic started independently, roughly around the same time, in Greece, India, and China. What does this tell us about analogies in thinking across human beings and their cultures? How do we or should we perceive it? This project pursues these questions in a systematic way, while creating resources for a broader community of scholars.


  • Christoph Harbsmeier (The University of Oslo)
  • Chad Hansen (The University of Hong Kong)
  • Guan Yinlin (Tsinghua University)
  • Lee Jer-Shiarn   (National Yunlin University of Science & Technology)
  • Liu Fenrong (Tsinghua University)
  • Thierry Lucas   (Université Catholique de Louvain)
  • Jeremy Seligman (The University of Auckland)
  • Johan van Benthem (The University of Amsterdam),
  • Peter van Emde Boas (The University of Amsterdam)
  • Yang Wujin  (Renmin University)
  • Yuan Ai (Tsinghua University)
  • Zhai Jincheng  (Nankai University)

Key publications

  1. Fenrong Liu, Jeremy Seligman and Johan van Benthem, eds, Studies in Logic, Special Issue on the History of Logic in China, Volume 4, Number 3, 2011.
  2. Fenrong Liu, Jeremy Seligman, eds, Five Questions on the History of Logic in China, Automatic Press, 2015.