Prof Hans-Georg MOELLER

Prof Hans-Georg MOELLER

Full Professor
(853) 8822 4088

Research Interests

My research focuses on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy (specifically Daoism) and on Social and Political Thought (specifically Social Systems Theory).

Professional Experience
2009-2014Senior Lecturer, Philosophy Department, University College Cork
2007-2008Professor, Department of Philosophy, Brock University
2001-2007Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Brock University
1991-2001Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Sinologisches Seminar, Universität Bonn, Germany
Awards & Honors


Outstanding Academic Staff 2018/2019 (Research Performance), University of Macau

2018 Dao Annual Best Essay Award (issued by Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy) for paper on “Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy,” co-published with Paul D’Ambrosio and Hans-Rudolf Kantor

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2010: The Moral Fool

Brock University, Chancellors Chair for Research Excellence 2007-2010

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006: The Philosophy of the Daodejing

Fedor-Lynen Research Scholar (Humboldt Foundation) 2000-2001

Straniak-Philosophie-Preis, 1995

Selected Publications

Books authored (in English):

  1. Genuine Pretending: On the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi. With Paul D’Ambrosio. New York: Columbia University Press. 2017.
  2. The Radical Luhmann. New York: Columbia University Press. 2011. Japanese translation: ラディカル・ルーマン: 必然性の哲学から偶有性の理論. Tokyo: Shin-yo-sha, 2018. Italian translation: Per comprendere Luhmann. Milan: IPOC, 2016.D
  3. The Moral Fool. A Case for Amorality. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
  4. Daodejing (Laozi). A Complete Translation and Commentary. Chicago: Open Court, 2007.
  5. Luhmann Explained. From Souls to Systems. Chicago: Open Court. 2006.
  6. The Philosophy of the Daodejing. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. Italian translation:  La filosofia del Daodejing. Turin: Einaudi, 2007. Chinese Translation: 东西之道:《道德经》与西方哲学. Beijing: Lianhe 北京: 联合出版公司, 2018.
  7. Daoism Explained. From the Dream of the Butterfly to the Fishnet Allegory. Chicago, La Salle: Open Court. 2004.