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Andrew Lambert

Assistant Professor

Professor Lambert’s research focuses on ethical theory, classical and contemporary Confucian thought, and the philosophy of sport. He is particularly interested in the relationship between conceptions of moral conduct and personal attachment.  His recent work explores the role of partiality and impartiality in classical Confucian thought, the relationship between aesthetic experience and ethical judgments, and how musical interaction provides a model for friendship.

He has been a Mombusho scholar at Kyoto University, and a visiting scholar at Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His translations of contemporary Japanese and Chinese works have been published in a variety of journals and books. His full translation of contemporary Chinese thinker Li Zehou's A History of Classical Chinese Thought (中国古代思想史论) was published by Routledge in 2019.

He previously taught at Smith College, MA, and Western New England University, MA.


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Manoa

M.A., Philosophy, Durham University, UK

B.A., Social and Political Studies, Sheffield University, UK

Scholarship and Publications

Recent Publications (selected):


Lambert, A. Forthcoming. "Folk beliefs about Soul and Mind: Cross-Cultural Comparison of Folk Intuitions about the Ontology of the Person" Co-authored with Arkadiusz Gut & Oleg Gorbaniuk.
Journal of Cognition and Culture.
Lambert, A. (2020). “From Aesthetics to Ethics: The place of delight in Confucian ethics. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 47(3-4): 154-173.
Lambert, A. (2020).“A Translator’s Response to Reviewers’ Comments: On Li Zehou’s A History of Classical Chinese Thought.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 9(5): 46-58.
Lambert, A & Qiang, X. (2020). Translating “Junzi” in the Lunyu as “Gentleman”: Underlying norms and deviances. Translation Review, (18): 69-88.

Lambert, A, Paul D’Ambrosio & Robert Carleo III. (2016). On Li Zehou’s Philosophy, An Introduction by Three Translators. Philosophy East and West  66(4), 1056-68.

Lambert, A. (2016). The challenge of teaching Chinese philosophy: Thoughts on method. Asia Network Exchange 23(2), 107-23.

Book Chapters

Lambert, A (2021). Forthcoming. Seeing Through the Aesthetic Worldview. In One Corner of the Square: Essays on the Philosophy of Roger T. Ames. J. Mason and I. Sullivan (eds). University of Hawai’i Press. Forthcoming 2021.
Lambert, A (2021). Love’s Extension: Confucian Familial Love and the Challenge of Impartiality. In Love, Justice, and Autonomy: Philosophical Perspectives. R Fedock, M Kühler, and R Rosenhagen (eds), published in the Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory series. Routledge: 259-288.
Lambert, A (2020). Confucian Thought and Contemporary Western Philosophy. In Dao Companion to Contemporary Confucian Philosophy. Dao Companion Series. David Elstein (ed) Springer Press: 559-586.
Lambert, A (2020).Synthesizing Confucius, Marx and Kant: The Philosophy of Li Zehou. In Dao Companion to Contemporary Confucian Philosophy. Dao Companion Series. David Elstein (ed) Springer Press: 277-298.

Lambert, A (2018). Determinism and the Problem of Individual Freedom in Li Zehou. In Roger T. Ames and Jia Jinhua (Eds.) Li Zehou and Confucian Philosophy. University of Hawaii Press, pp. 94-117.
- Published in Chinese as: Lambert, A (2017) “李泽厚的决定论与个体自由问题” (Zheng Yuanzheng, trans.), in《李泽厚与儒学哲学》, 贾金华编辑, 上海人民出版社 (Jia Jinhua ed., Li Zehou yu Ruxue Zhexue , Shanghai Renmin Publishing), 91-116.
Lambert, A (2017). Impartiality, Close Friendship and the Confucian Tradition. In C Risseeuw & M. van Raalte (Ed.) Conceptualizing Friendship in Time and Place, Brill Publishing, pp.205-28.
- Published in Chinese as: Lambert, A (2017) “公正、亲密的友谊和儒家传统” (Liu Man, trans.) in Studies on Contemporary Chinese Values, n.4 (当代中国价值观研究), 2017(5) 100-114.

Lambert, A (2016). Confucian Ethics and Care: An amicable split? In Mat Foust and Sor-Hoon Tan (Eds.), Feminist Encounters with Confucius, Brill Publishing, pp. 173-97.
Lambert, A (2016). Daoism and Disability: Rethinking disability through classical Daoist thought. In Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus (Eds.) World Religions and Disability Studies: Making the Connections, Baylor University Press, pp. 71-92.

Contact Information

Office: Building 2N Room 231