Lee H. Yearley | Curriculum Vitae

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Dinkelspiel Award  for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2015.

Peter S. Bing Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Stanford University, 1992

Fellowship for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984-85
Demonstration Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980-81

Fellowship, The National Humanities Institute at the University of Chicago, l978-79

University Fellow, Stanford University, 1974-77
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1974
Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, 1972-73
Rockefeller Fellowship, 1962-63
Honors in Philosophy, Haverford College, 1962

Selected Invited Lectures

Academia Sinica, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Taipei, Taiwan

Amherst College

Arizona State University

Boston University

Brown University

Butler University

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dartmouth College

The Five Colleges

Georgetown University

The Graduate Theological Union

Harvard University

Haverford College

The Iliff School of Theology

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen

Oxford University

Princeton University

Rice University

Rutgers University

San Francisco City College

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Swarthmore College

The University of British Columbia

The University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Santa Cruz; The College

The University of Chicago

The Divinity School, The University of Chicago

The University of Oregon

University of Notre Dame

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

University of Hong Kong

Valparaiso University

Vassar College

Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

The University of Vermont

Yale University

Selected “Positions”

Final Plenary Address, Series and Conferences on Moral Worlds and Religious Subjectivities, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, 2009

Matthew Vassar Lecture, Vassar College, 2007

Lecturer, Third International Conference, Daoism and the Contemporary World, Kloster Frauenworth im Chiemsee, Germany, 2006

Consultant, Pepperdine University, introducing Chinese materials into their core curriculum, 2005

Ad Hoc Tenure Review Committee, Harvard University, 2005

Annual Dante Lecture, Department of Italian, Yale University, 2004

Janet Kerr Memorial Lectures, Valparaiso University, 2004

Member, Final Selection Committee,  (one of five persons),  Charlotte W. Newcombe  Fellowships, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2001-2003.

Member,  External Review Committee, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University 2000.

Presented a paper and helped organize Lo Spazio Del Sacro: Luoghi e spostamenti (The Space of the Sacred: Place and displacement), a conference held in Florence November 14-16, 1996 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Duomo.

Gross Memorial Lecture, Valparaiso University, 1995

Colloquium (with six others) on selections for books for the “Ethics in Everyday Life” series  sponsored by the Religion and Public Life Foundation, 1995

Consultant, Butler University, the two required courses in their core curriculum, 1994

William James Lecture,  Harvard University, 1994

University Lecture in Religion, Arizona State University, 1994

A lecture on “New Religious Values” for, and participant in, the Third International Confucian-Christian Conference in Boston, 1994

Speaker and Seminar Leader,  Butler University,  Lilly Endowment Grant, “Cross-Cultural Education and Ethics” 1994

Editorial Board,  The Journal of Religious Ethics, 1994 and following

Board of Consultants,  The Journal of Religion, 1993 and following

Respondent,  Author meets Critics Session on  Mencius and Aquinas,  American Philosophical Association,   Pacific Division,  1993; critics were Professors  Nussbaum, Van Norden, and Jenkins

Panelist,  NEH Dissertation Grants,  Division of Fellowships and Seminars, National Endowment for the Humanities:  1993

Lecturer and Seminar Leader, Poynter Center/Lilly Endowment, “Ethics and the Educated Person,”  Indianapolis, 1992

Panelist, NEH Fellowships for University Teachers, Division of Fellowships and Seminars, National Endowment for the Humanities:  1987, 1990, 1991

Participant (with five others), Dialogues with His Holiness the xivth Dalai Lama,  Dharamsala, India,  November 5-9, 1990

Consultant, University of Chicago, The College, Fundamentals Program, 1986

Consultant, University of Denver, The Core Curriculum, 1986-89

Instructor, NEH Summer Institutes, “Religious Studies and Liberal Education: Opportunities and New Directions,” Chicago, 1986; Berkeley, 1987

Plenary Address, Meeting of Project Directors, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1985

Panelist, Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984-86 (Institutional Grants, 1984; Central Disciplines, 1986)

President, Council on Graduate Studies in Religion, 1983-86

Vice President, Council on Graduate Studies in Religion, 1981-83

Steering Committee, Comparative Religion Section, American  Academy of Religion, 1981-84

Evans-Wentz Lecturer, Stanford University, 1979


1969    Ph.D., Divinity School, University of Chicago
1966    M.A., Divinity School, University of Chicago
1962    B.A., Haverford College, Philosophy


Professional Employment

1968 – present  Religious Studies, Stanford University

1987 – 1988  Henry Luce Professor of Comparative Religious Ethics, Amherst and the Five Colleges

1991-1992  Luce Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago

1993   named to the  Walter Y. Evans-Wentz Professorship  of Oriental Philosophies, Religions, and Ethics

Selected Committees and Service at Stanford University

Selected Non-Departmental Service at Stanford:

Steering Committee, Program in Philosophy and Literature, 2007-2015

Ethical Reasoning Advisory Board 2005-2015

Faculty Advisor, Confucian Life and Study Group, 2010-2012.

Mellon Postdoctoral Selection Committee, 2010-2011.

CEAS Awards Committee, 2002-2007

Ethics and Society Board, 2002-2008

Judicial Board, 2001-2002, 2006-2008

Search Committee, Philosophy Department, 1998-99

OSAC Committee,  1997-1999

Search Committee, Program in Ethics and Society, 1993-96

Dean, Stanford Summer College  on  “Building a Good Society”, August  5,  1995

Faculty Grants Committee, Center for East Asian Studies, 1994-1995

Participant and Organizer, Conversations with His Holiness the xivth Dalai Lama, Stanford University, April 19-20,  1994

Faculty Committee,  Program in Ethics and Society, 1993-1996

Dean, Stanford Summer College  on  “Good and Evil”,  August  1-7,  1993

Committee on Undergraduate Studies, 1988-91

Review Committee on Extradepartmental Education, 1983-84

Admissions Committee, Center for East Asian Studies, 1983-84

Selection Committee, Mellon Fellows, 1983-84

Committee on Faculty Seminars, 1980-84

Executive Committee and Advisory Board, Stanford Humanities Center, 1980-83

Leader, Humanities Seminar for Professional Journalism  Fellows, 1976-78, 1980-82

Committee on Interdepartmental Majors, 1982-83

Report on the Third Quarter of Western Culture, for Western Culture Program Committee, 1981-82

Fellowship Committee, East Asian Studies, 1980-81

Chair, Subcommittee on the Distribution Requirements, 1980-81

Chair, Committee on a Possible Humanities Center at Stanford,  1979-80

Chair, Faculty Committee to Select Courses for Distribution Area IV, 1979-80

Committee on International Relations, 1974-78

Graduate Program in Humanities Committee, 1968-70; 1971-72; 1976-77

Awards Committee, Committee on Research in International Studies, 1977-78

Director, Danforth Summer Workshop on the Teaching of Religion, 1976

Chair, Committee on the Reform and Renewal of Liberal Education at Stanford, 1974-76

Steering Committee, Medieval Studies Program, 1973-76

Campus Judicial Panel, 1973-75

Steering Committee, Values, Technology, and Society Program, 1971-72

Committee of Fifteen, 1970-72

Selected Departmental Service at Stanford:

 Undergraduate Director, Religious Studies, 1973-77, 1985-87, 2014-2017

Chair, Departmental Review Committee, Search in South Asia, 2013-2014, 2015-16

Chair, Religious Studies, 1990-1996

Acting Chair, Religious Studies, 1988-1989

Graduate Director, Religious Studies, 1977-78, 1979-82, 1983-84

Chair, Faculty Search Committees in Religious Studies, 1972-1973,  1974, 1975, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1986, 1987, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2012-13, 2015-16.



Mengzi yu Akuina: meide lilun yu yonggan gainian, trans. S. Zhonglian, Beijing: Zhongguo shehui kexue chubanshe. 2011 (A Chinese translation of the following work; 267 pages.)

Mencius and Aquinas: Theories of Virtue and Conceptions of Courage, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990. (280 pages)

The Ideas of Newman: Christianity and Human Religiosity, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1978. (188 pages)

 Articles in Books

A] Forthcoming:

“Ideas of Excellence” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics,  W. Schweiker, ed., (A revised version of my 2005 piece “Ideas of Ethical Excellence” for a new online edition.)

“Longing and the Venture of Teaching Comparative Religion” in Teaching Comparisons.  Jennifer Rapp, ed. New York:  Oxford University Press.  (34 manuscript pages)

“Mencius and Aquinas.” in The Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Mencius. Yang Xiao, ed.,  New York: The Springer Publishing Company.  (21 manuscript pages)

“William James as Virtue Theorist.” William James, Moral Philosophy, and the Ethical Life. Jacob Goodson, ed.,  Lanham, Maryland: Roman and Littlefield.  (52 manuscript pages)

“ Zhuang zi’s Radical Virtue Ethics: A Journey.” in The Ethics of Ease – The ZhuangZi on the Norms of Life.” D. Schilling, ed., Lun Wen – Studien zur Geistesgeschichte und Literatur Chinas, H. van Ess, ed., Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz (35 manuscript pages)

“New Religious Virtues.” in Comparative Religious Ethics. Charles Matthews, Matthew Puffer, Mark Storsiee, eds. Abington, England: Routledge,  [A reprinting of the University Lecture in Religion I gave at Arizona State University.]

B] Under Consideration:

“Understandings of Human Failures to Flourish in Catholicism and Confucianism”  Confucianism and Catholicism: Reinvigorating the Dialogue. Georgetown University Press. eds., Erin Cline, Michael Slater (40 manuscript pages)

 C] Published:

“The Role and Pursuit of the Virtue of Equanimity in Ancient China and Greece.” in The Good life and Conceptions of Life in Early China and Greco-Roman Antiquity.  R. King, ed.,  Berlin: De Gruyter Verlag.  2015.  pp. 363-386.

“Ritualization as Humanization.” in Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi. T. C. Kline III and J. Tiwald, eds. Albany: State University of New York Press. 2014. pp. 81-106.

“Freud and China: The Pursuit of the Self and Other Fugitive Notions.” in China and Freud. Tao Jiang, P. J. Ivanhoe, eds.   New York: Routledge, 2012. pp. 169-195.

“Freud and Zhuangzi: Resonances and Contrasts in Their Pursuit of the Self and Other Fugitive Notions.” in China and Freud. Tao Jiang, P. J. Ivanhoe, eds. New York: Routledge, 2012, pp.219-251.

“Poetic Language: Zhuangzi and Du Fu’s Poetic Ideals.” in Ethics in Early China. C. Frasier, T. O’Leary, D. Robins, eds., , Hong Kong” University of Hong Kong Press, 2011,  pp. 209-228.

“Virtue Ethics in Ancient China: Light Shed and Shadows Cast.” in How should one live? Comparing Ethics in Ancient China and Greco-Roman Antiquity. R. King, D Schilling, eds.. Berlin: De Gruyter Verlag, 2011, pp. 121-151.

“The Perfected Person in the Radical Zhuangzi.” in Experimental Essays on Zhuangzi. V. Mair, ed.,. Dunedin, Fl, Three Pines Press, 2010, pp. 126-136 [An augmented reprint of an earlier (1983) piece.]

“Two Strands of Confucianism.” in Confucian Political Ethics. D. Bell, ed., Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007, pp. 84-89.

“Chinese Philosophy: Religion” The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, second edition. D.Borchard, ed. in chief, New York: Macmillan, 2006.

“Ideas of Ethical Excellence.” The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. W. Schweiker, ed., Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2005. pp. 45-52.

“Presentation and Persuasion in the Classical Confucian Tradition.” in Confucianism in Dialogue TodayThe Modern West, Christianity, and Judaism. Liu Shu-Hsien, J. Berthrong, and L. Swidler, eds. Philadelphia: The Ecumenical Press, 2004. pp.  137-152.

“Virtues and Religious Virtues in the Confucian Tradition.” in  Confucian Spirituality, vol. 1. Tu Weiming and E. Tucker, eds. (vol. 11A of World Spirituality:  An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest.)  New  York: The Crossroads Publishing Co. 2003. pp. 134-162.; “Rujia chuantong zhong de daode he zongjiao daode,” trans. Dongfang shuo, http://www.chinakongzi.org/rjwh/ddmj/dongfs/200705/t20070523_2176643.htm.

“Two Strands of Confucianism.”  in The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World.  R. Madsen and T. Strong, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press.  2003, pp. 154-158.

“An Existentialist Reading of Book Four of the Analects.” in Confucius and the Analects, New Essays.  Bryan Van Norden, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. pp. 237-274.

“New Religious Virtues and the Study of Religion.” in Eastern Ways of Being Religious. G. E. Kessler, ed. Mountain View, California:  Mayfield Press. 2000. pp. 1-18 [A reprinting of parts of a lecture given at ASU.]

“Zhuangzi’s Understanding of Skillfulness and the Ultimate Spiritual State.”  in Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhunangzi. P. Kjellberg and P. Ivanhoe, eds., Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996, pp. 152-182.

“Heroic Virtue in America: Aristotle, Aquinas, and Melville’s Billy Budd.” in The Greeks and Us: Essays in Honor of  Arthur W.H. Adkins. R. Louden and P. Schollmeier, eds., Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1996, pp. 66-92.

“Conflicts Among Ideals of Human Excellence.” in Prospects for a Common Morality. J. Reeder and G. Outka, eds., Princeton: Princeton University Press,  1992, pp. 233-253.

“Bourgeois Relativism and the Comparative Study of the Self.” in Tracing Common Themes, Comparative Courses in the Study of Religion. J. Carman and S. Hopkins, eds. Altanta Georgia: Scholars Press, 1991,  pp. 165-178.

“Education and the Intellectual Virtues.” in Beyond the Classics? Essays on Religious Studies and Liberal Education. F. Reynolds and S. Burkhalter, eds., , Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1990, pp. 89-105.

“Freud as Critic and Creator of Cosmogonies and Their Ethics.” in Cosmogony and Ethical Order: New Studies in Comparative Ethics. R. Lovin and R. Reynolds, eds.,  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985, pp. 381-413.

“A Confucian Crisis: Mencius’ Two Cosmogonies and Their Ethics.” in Cosmogony and Ethical Order: New Studies in Com-parative Ethics.  R. Lovin and F. Reynolds, eds., ,  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985, pp. 310-327.

“The Perfected Person in the Radical Chuang-tzu.” in Experimental Essays in Chuang-tzu. V. Mair, ed., Honolulu: University  Press of Hawaii, 1983, pp. 125-139.

Articles in Journals

A] Forthcoming

“Appearances: Harmony, Order, Conflict, The Modern Meaning of the Confucian Tradition” Frontiers of History in China (29 manuscript pages)

B] Published

“Ethics of Bewilderment”,  Journal of Religious Ethics. 38.3 (2010), 439-463.

“Daoist Presentation and Persuasion, Wandering among Zhuangzi’s Kinds of Language”,  Journal of Religious Ethics. 33.3 (2005) 505-535.

“Pride’s Place in Picturing Persons,” Ching Feng, A Journal of Christianity and Chinese Religion and Culture. n.s., 5.2 (2004)  191-202.  [Published in English and Chinese]

“Genre and the Attempt to Render Pride: Dante and Aquinas,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  72, 2 (2004) 313-339

“Selves, Virtues, Odd Genres, and Alien Guides: An Approach to Religious Ethics,”  Journal of Religious Ethics. 25.3, 25th Anniversary Supplement, 127-155.

“The Ascetic Grounds for Goodness: William James’s Case for the Virtue of Voluntary Poverty,”  Journal of Religious Ethics. 26, 1(1998) 105-135.

“Death, Knowledge, and the Sacred Space of the American University: the Case of Stanford University”.   Vivens Homo. Rivista Teologica Fiorentina. 8, 2(1997) 275-290.[A special issue containing papers from the conference on Lo Spazio Del Sacro: Luoghi e spostamenti (The Space of the Sacred: Place and displacement)].

“Theories, Virtues, and the Comparative Philosophy of Human Flourishings: A Response  to Professor Allan,”  Philosophy East and West.  44,4 (1994),  711-721.

“‘The Author Replies; Book Discussion on Mencius and Aquinas by Lee H. Yearley,”  Journal of Religious Ethics. 21,2 (1993) 385-395.

“Recent Work on Virtue,” Religious Studies Review. 16, 1, (1990), 1-9.

“Classical Confucians and Thomistic Christians: Contrasts That Arise From The Presence and Absence of Deity,” Dialogue and Alliance. 1,3 (1987), 23-36.

“Teachers and Saviors,” The Journal of Religion, 65,2 (1985), 225-243.

“A Comparison Between Classical Chinese Thought and Thomistic Christian Thought,”  The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, LI,3 (1983), 427-458.

“Three Ways of Being Religious,” Philosophy East and West, 32, 4 (1982), 439-451.

“Hsun Tzu on the Mind: His Attempted Synthesis of Confucianism and Taoism,” Journal of Asian Studies, XXXIX, 3 (1980),  465-480.  [Reprinted in Critical Concepts in Asian Philosophy, Confucian Studies,  Xinsheng Yao and Tu Weiming, eds. Abington, England, Routledge,  2011].

“Newman’s Concrete Specification of the Distinction Between  Christianity and Liberalism,” The Downside Review, 93, 310  (1975), 43-57.

“Mencius on Human Nature: The Forms of His Religious Thought,”  The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, XLIII, 2  (1975), 185-198.

“Toward a Typology of Religious Thought: A Chinese Example,” The Journal of Religion, 55, 4 (1975), 426-443.

“The Nature-Grace Question in the Context of Fortitude,” The Thomist, XXXV, 4 (1971), 557-580.

“Karl Rahner on the Relation of Nature and Grace,” Canadian  Journal of Theology, XVI, 3 & 4 (1970), 219-231.

“St. Thomas Aquinas on Providence and Predestination,” Anglican Theological Review, XLIX (1967), 409-423.

Endowed Lectures, Published and Circulated

“Taoist Wandering and the Adventure of Religious Ethics,” The William James Lecture, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, 24:2, 1995, pp. 11-15.

“Facing Our Frailty: Comparative Religious Ethics and the Confucian Death Rituals,” The Gross Memorial Lecture, 1995, Valparaiso University  Valparaiso, Indiana: Valparaiso University Press.  pp.1-22 [A publication sent in the Spring of 1996 to about 6, 000 members of the Council on the Study of Religion]

“New Religious Virtues and the Study of Religion,” Fifteenth Annual University Lecture in Religion at Arizona State University,  November, 1994, pp. 1-26; sent to 5,400 members of the American Academy of Religion.

Miscellaneous “Publications”

A] In the United States:

Healing Emotions: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotion, and Health, ed., D. Goleman, Boston: Shambhala, 1997.  This book reports on five days of conversations between the Dalai Lama and five participants in Dharamsala, India; it  includes, for example, my  presentation on “Three Western Views on Ethics” and a conversation between us about compassion.

Contributor:  J. Bowker, ed., The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

A talk I gave at Princeton on the implications of religious pluralism was published in a half page “summary” in the summer of 1995 by major papers in a number of cities; e.g., Chicago, Minneapolis, and New Orleans

Videotape  versions of lectures I gave at the Stanford Summer College (e.g.,” On Building a Good Society”)  have been presented on television

“Virtue” in  D. Musser and J. Price, eds., A New Handbook of Christian Theology ,  Nashville: Abingdon Press,  1992, pp. 508-510.            

“The Taoist Vision,”  videotaped lecture in the series Legacies and Visions of East Asia Cultures, Stanford Alumni Association, 1991.

“What is the Question:  Is Virtue Teachable?”  The Stanford Magazine, 14, 4, p. 62.

“The liberal arts: a critical survival discipline in modern society,” The Stanford Observer, October, l976, p. 3.

Natural and Supernatural Activity in the Tradition Represented by St. Thomas and Cardinal Newman.  PhD. Dissertation, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois,  March, 1969. (435 pages)

 B] In China   Various pieces of mine have appeared in China in volumes printed for conferences that are distributed or otherwise reproduced.  Recent examples include the following papers:

“Fundamental Insights From The Confucian Tradition” September, 2009, Beijing, A Conference to Celebrate the 2560  Anniversary of Confucius’s birth.

“Wandering in a Small Corner of the Way: The Daoist Tradition and Poetic Expression”, March 2010, The Daoist Salon, Zhengzhou, China

“Facing a Plurality of Ideals: Classical Guides and Modern Challenges” September 2010 The Nishan Forum,  Qufu, China.