Prof Mario WENNING

Prof Mario WENNING

Associate Professor
(853) 8822 8804


Ph.D. New School for Social Research, New York, 2007

M.A. Concordia University, Montreal, 2003

M.A. University of Münster, 2003

Research Interests

Social and Political Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy, Aesthetics

Courses Regularly Taught

Political Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy in the West, Ancient and Medieval European Philosophy, Philosophy and Film, Capitalism and Morality, Introduction to Logic

Professional Experience

2019: Guest Professor, Kyoto University

2015: Guest Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

2013: Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

2013-2015: Research Fellow, SYSU Guangzhou

2011 – 2014: Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Frankfurt



Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie

Karl Jaspers Society of North America


Awards & Honors

2019: Dao Annual Best Essay Award for the paper “Recognition and Trust: Hegel and Confucius on the Normative Basis of Ethical Life” (co-authored with Alexei Procyshyn)

2018: Excellence in Research Award (FAH, University of Macau)

2014: Zukunftsbrücke Fellowship (Mercator Foundation)

2011: Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship

2007: Cusanus Fellowship

Selected Publications
  • “Heimspiele: Kulturelle Identität in Zeiten des Populismus”, in: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, vol. 68:2, 2020, 319-323.
  • “Intercultural Encounter in the Age of Hybridity: A Response to Eric Nelson”, in: Philosophy East and West, vol. 70:1, 2020, 225-237.
  • “The Dao of Existence: Jaspers and Laozi”, in: David Chai (ed.), Daoist Encounters with Phenomenology: Thinking Interculturally about Human Existence, Bloomsbury, 2020, 135-158.
  • “The Dignity of Utopian Imagination”, in: Saulius Geniusas (ed.) Social Imaginaries, special issue on “Creative Imagination”, vol. 5:1, 2019, 181-198.
  • “Recognition and Trust: Hegel and Confucius on the Normative Basis of Ethical Life” (co-authored with Alexei Procyshyn), in: Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy), vol. 18:1, 2019, 1-22.
  • “The Rhythm of Action”, in: Hans Feger, Dikun Xie, Wang Ge (eds.), Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018.
  • “Tragic Recognition: Revisiting Hegel’s Conception of Ethical Life”, in: Frontiers of Philosophy in China, vol. 13:4, 2018, 483-504.
  • “Jaspers on Exemplary Individuals”, in: Omar Brino, Roberto Celada Ballanti, Roberto Garaventa (eds.), Studi Jaspersiani: Rivista Annuale della Società Italiana Karl Jaspers, vol. 6, Naples: Orthotes, 2018, 151-167.
  • “Political Theology or Theology as Politics? Schmitt and Blumenberg on the Event of Modernity”, in: Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, vol. 61, 2018, 177-184.
  • “On Gambling: The Provocation of Lady Fortune”, in: Thesis Eleven, vol. 143, 2017, 82-96.
  • “Three Modes of Recovering Mysticism”, in: Existenz: An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts, vol. 12:2, 2017, 25-33.
  • “Mysticism and Peace of Mind: Reflections on Tugendhat and Daoism”, in: Eric Nelson (ed.), Frontiers of Philosophy in China, vol. 12:4, 2017, 545-571.
  • “Vom Ursprung und Ziel der Zweiten Achsenzeit”, in: Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Jaspers Gesellschaft, vol. 30, Innsbruck: Studien Verlag, 2017, 111-129.
  • “The Tyranny of Values: Reflections on Schmitt and China”, in: Kai Marchal and Carl Shaw (eds.): Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World, Lanham: Lexington, 2017, 81-102.
  • “Dialectics of Enlightenment East and West”, in: Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 44:3-4, 2017, 251-274.
  • “Rational Mysticism: Hegel on Magic and China”, in: Journal of Chinese Philosophy, in: Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 44:3-4, 2017, 154-174.
  • “The Fate of Transcendence in Post-secular Societies”, in: Nahum Brown and William Franke (eds.), Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2016, 259-282.
  • “Utopian Thinking in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy”, in: Hans Feger, Dikun Xie, Wang Ge (eds.), Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016, 421-434.
  • “The Postsecular Turn in Education: Lessons from the Mindfulness Movement and the Revival of Confucian Academies” (co-authored with Jinting Wu), in: Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2016, 1-21.
  • “Whose Equality?”, in: Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies vol. 2, 2015, 153-166.
  • “Tragic Knowledge and Karmic Release”, in: Atenea, vol. 34 1-2, 2014, 2015.
  • “Heidegger and Zhuangzi on the Nonhuman. Towards a transcultural Critique of (Post)Humanism”, in: Chloë Taylor, Neil Dalal (eds.), Rethinking the Non-Human, New York: Routledge, 2014, 93-111.
  • “Crossing Boundaries: Zhuangzi and Basho on the Art of Travelling”, in: Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead, Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey, London: Bloomsbury, 2014, 9-22.
  • “Awakening from Madness”, in: David Stern (ed.), Essays on Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit, Albany: SUNY Press, 2013, 107-120.
  • “Assimilierung und Gegenhermeneutik: Transkulturelle Moralkritik im Anschluss an Schopenhauer und Nietzsche”, in: Dieter Birnbacher, Matthias Koßler, Andreas Urs Sommer (eds.), Moralkritik bei Nietzsche und Schopenhauer, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013, 125-138.
  • “In-der-Mitte-Sein. Die Struktur gelingenden Handelns”, in: Stefan Deines, Daniel Martin Feige, Martin Seel (eds.), Formen kulturellen Wandels, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012, 173-196.
  • “Daoism as Critical Theory”, in: Comparative Philosophy, vol. 2, 2011, 50-71.
  • “Kant and Laozi on Nothingness”, in Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 38:4, 2011, 556-568.

Edited Books and Journal Issues


Translated Books

  • Ernst Tugendhat, Egocentricity and Mysticism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016). [translated and introduced with Alexei Procyshyn], 196 p.
  • Dimitri Nikulin (ed.), The Other Plato: The Tübingen Interpretation of Plato’s Inner-Academic Teachings (Albarny: SUNY Press, 2012), 232 p.
  • Peter Sloterdijk, Rage and Time (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 256 p.