Eske Møllgaard

  • Professor
  • Philosophy: Swan 147
  • Phone: 401.874.4441
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  • Office Location: Dept of Philosophy
    Swan Hall
    Kingston, RI 02881


Dr. Møllgaard is a globalized scholar at home on three continents who brings Chinese philosophies into conversation with Western philosophies, and provides American students an experience of the wisdom traditions of the East, as well as the unique qualities of European thought.


Chinese philosophy, Continental European philosophy


  • Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, 1993
  • M.A., Chinese Studies, University of Copenhagen, 1986
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Copenhagen, 1985

Selected Publications

“Confucian ritual and modern civility,” Journal of Global Ethics (2012)

“Confucianism as Anthropological Machine,” Asian Philosophy (2010).

“Slavoj Žižek’s Critique of Western Buddhism,” Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2008).

An Introduction to Daoist Thought: Action, language, and ethics in Zhuangzi, London: Routledge (2007). (Paperback edition, 2011).