Dr. Albert Galvany

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"

Home Institution: École Pratique des Hautes Études (France)

IKGF Visiting Fellow Feb. 2010 - Jan. 2011

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IKGF Research Projects:

Divinatory Techniques and the Interpretation of Signs in the Political Theory of Han Feizi
Death and Ritual Wailing in Early China
The Concept of Fate in the Zhuangzi

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Albert Galvany (Barcelona, 1973), received his B.A. and M.A. on Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country. After obtaining his D.E.A. (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies) on East Asian Studies at the University of Paris 7, he was a doctoral researcher at the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of this very same university, under the supervision of Prof. Jean Levi (CNRS), from 1999 to 2003. He worked as an assistant professor at the Dept. of Humanities of the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Grenade with a dissertation on the role of monsters and exceptional beings in the Zhuangzi supervised by Prof. J. Levi (CNRS) and Prof. A. Relinque (U. Granada). From 2008 to 2010 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris). His is currently a research fellow of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität.

His research topics are early Chinese intellectual history, classical Chinese philosophy, and ancient comparative philosophy.


Recent and forthcoming publications

Chapters in Books

  • "Deformed bodies and heavenly minds in the Zhuangzi", in R. King & D. Schilling (eds.), Ethics at ease: Zhuangzi on the Norms of Life. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010 (in press).
  • "From spontaneous to automatic behaviour: the use and abuse of emotions in the Han Feizi", in Paul R. Goldin (ed.), Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Han Fei. Berlin & New York: Springer, forthcoming.


  • "Debates on mutilation: bodily preservation and ideology in early China", Asiatische Studien 64.1 (2009): 67-91.
  • "Distorting the rule of seriousness: laughter, death and friendship in the Zhuangzi", Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy VIII. 2 (2009): 49-59.
  • "Discussing usefulness: trees as metaphors in the Zhuangzi", Monumenta Serica 57 (2009): 71-97.
  • "Philosophy, biography, and anecdote: on the portrait of Sun Wu", Philosophy East and West 62.1, in press.


  • SCOTT COOK (Ed.), Hiding the World in the World: Uneven discourses on Zhuangzi, State University of New York Press, Albany, 2003. Études Chinoises XXII (2004): 445-453.
  • PAUL R. GOLDIN. After Confucius: Studies in Early Chinese Philosophy, University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu, 2005. Études Chinoises XXVI (2006): 224-232.
  • VICTORIA HUI. War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005. Études Chinoises XXVII (2008) : 251-254
  • ESKE MOLLGAARD. An Introduction to Daoist Thought. Routledge, London & New York, 2007. Philosophy East and West (in press).