TONG Shijun, was born in September 1958 in Shanghai. Tong is a professor of philosophy and University Council chairman of ECNU, a member of the Social Science Committee of Ministry of Education, vice chairman of Shanghai Federation of Social Sciences, a member of the Academy of Latinity, and a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Education & Work Experience

Tong began his first job in a State-owned farm in suburb Shanghai in 1975. Three years later, he left the farm in the pursuit of a higher education. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in philosophy at ECNU in 1982 and 1984 respectively. In 1984, he started his career as a philosophy teacher at ECNU. In 1991, he was granted an associate professorship. He was promoted to be a professor in 1994. In the same year, he received his Ph. D. degree in philosophy at University of Bergen, Norway. While teaching philosophy at ECNU, he also worked successively as the chairman of the Department of Philosophy, vice dean of the School of Humanities, and assistant president of ECNU from 1991 to 1998. He visited the University of Marburg of Germany as a guest professor for half a year in 1998 and later worked as a research visiting Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University of the USA from 2000 to 2001. He worked as a vice president of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and later also as the director of Research Institute of Philosophy of SASS form July 2004 to July 2011. He became chairman of the University Council of ECNU in July 2011.

Academic Background

Dr. Tong has published more than 10 books and over 100 papers in Chinese, English and some other European languages in his major research areas of epistemology, practical philosophy and social theory.Among Tong’s books in English are Epistemology and Methodology in the Post-Hegelian European Philosophy of 19th Century (Bergen, 1993) andDialectics of Modernization: Habermas and Chinese Discourse of Modernization (Sidney, 2000). His major books in Chinese include Western Philosophy at the Times of Marx and Engels (co-authored,Shanghai,1994), Critique and Practice: Essays on Jurgen Habermas's Critical Theory (Beijing, 2007) and The Problem of Modernity in the Dialogue between China and the West (Shanghai, 2010). Among his translations are Hilary Putnam’s Reason, Truth and History (co-trans, Shanghai, 1997) and Jurgen Habermas's Faktizitaet und Geltung (Beijing, 2003).