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Yutang Jin

Mr Yutang Jin

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Research topic:
Confucian Justifications of Democracy: A Distinction Between Confucian Ethics and Politics
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Democratic theory Democracy and Democratic Theory Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Areas of expertise

Confucian political theory, classic Confucian political thought, twentieth century New Confucianism, democratic theory, comparative political theory

Academic Profile

My DPhil research lies at the intersection of comparative political theory and Confucian philosophy, focusing on the Confucian justifications of democracy. I examine whether pre-Qin Confucian texts can provide a ground of justification for democracy and if it can, what kind of democracy follows such a justification.

Previously I received an MSc in political theory from Oxford (2016), an MSc in European studies from LSE (2014), and a Bachelor's dgree in international relations from Peking University (2013). 



English (academic proficiency)

Mandarin Chinese (native)

Classic Chinese (academic proficiency)

Korean (native; TOPIK 6)

Japanese (upper-intermediate in reading and listening, intermediate in writing and speaking; JLPT Level N2: 177/180)

French (intermediate; LSE Certificate of Proficiency in French level C1)

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching Interests: contemporary political theory, history of modern social and political thought, methods in political theory, Chinese philosophy, Confucian political theory, basics of comparative politics

Teaching Experience:

As a guest lecturer, I teach (forthcoming)

  • Progressive Confucianism and Its Critics (Department of Philosophy, Wesleyan University)

As a college tutor, I teach 

  • Political Thought: Bentham to Weber
  • Theory of Politics 

As an Online Learning Facilitator (TA), I support

  • the Foundations course in the Master of Public Policy programme at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

'Classic Confucian Thought and Political Meritocracy: A Text-Based Critique', Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (forthcoming)

'Between Political Meritocracy and Participatory Democracy: Toward Realist Confucian Democracy', Culture and Dialogue (special issue on 'Confucianism: Comparisons and Controversies') 8(2) (2020), 251-279. 

'Confucian Justifications of Democracy: A Critique of Joseph Chan’s Democratic Theory', Philosophy East & West 70(2) (2020), 374-394.


Book Review

'Tongdong Bai: Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case', Res Publica (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11158-020-09498-6


Conference Papers and Presentations

Selected Presentations and Talks

Comment on Jennie Ikuta, Contesting Conformity: Democracy and the Paradox of Political Belonging (Feb 2021)

  • Oxford Political Theory Workshop (University of Oxford)

'Confucian Leadership Democracy: A Normative Defence' Invited (Oct 2020, upcoming)

  • 'The Problem of Pluralism in Confucian Political Theory' Conference hosted by the Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP), City University of Hong Kong

'Public Reason, Liberal Personhood, and Confucian Democracy: A Critique of Sungmoon Kim’s Confucian Political Theory' (Sep 2020)

  •  Australian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference hosted by the Australian Association of Philosophy

'Confucian Leadership Democracy: A Prototype' (Dec 2019)

  •  Philiminality Oxford Global Philosophy Graduate Workshop (Philosophy Department, Oxford)

'Embedded Transcultural Engagement and New Confucianism: Methodologies in Mou Zongsan and Xu Fuguan' (Nov 2019)

  • First Sinophone Studies in Europe and Americas International Young Scholars Conference (Research Centre for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan, National Chengchi University, Taipei)

'Why Not the Best Ruler? –A Reinterpretation of the Mencius' (May 2019)

  • Political Theory Research Seminar (Department of Politics & International Relations, Oxford)