Prof Hans-Georg MOELLER

Prof Hans-Georg MOELLER

Full Professor

Subject Convenor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
(853) 8822 4088

Consultation Hours
Mondays, 11:30 - 12:30; Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:00

Or by appointment via

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

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 (Straniak Philosophy Prize, 10.000 CHF)

Selected Publications


The Issue is Not the Issue (with Dan Sarafinas)


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.