is a moral philosopher
noted for his work on virtue ethics
. Yu has been a Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo
, in Buffalo, New York since 1997. Prior to his professorship, Yu completed a three year post as a research fellow at the University of Oxford, England (1994-1997). He received his education in China at both Shandong University
and Renmin University
, in Italy at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
, and in Canada at the University of Guelph
. His primary areas of research and teaching include Ancient Greek Philosophy
), and Ancient Chinese Philosophy
(esp. Classical Confucianism
). His work spanning across the fields of Eastern and Western virtue ethics (particularly in harmonizing Aristotelian and Confucian conceptions) is among the most sophisticated and influential work on the subject.
He serves on the Editorial Boards of History of Philosophy Quarterly (2002-2005), World Philosophy (2000-present), Frontiers in Philosophy (2006–present), the Chinese translation of the Complete Works of Aristotle (1988-1998), and the book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy (New York: Global Publications). He received the University's Exceptional Scholar (Young Investigator) Award, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences' Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002. He was appointed a 2003-4 Fellow at the National Humanities Center and a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow in Spring of 2008.
- The Structure of Being in Aristotle's Metaphysics, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003
- Rationality and Happiness: from the Ancients to the Early Medievals (co-editor with Jorge Gracia), University of Rochester Press, 2003
- Uses and Abuses of the Classics: Western Interpretation of Greek Philosophy (co-editor with Jorge Gracia), Ashgate, 2004
- A Dictionary of Western Philosophy: English and Chinese (co-compiler with Nick Bunnin), People's Press, 2001, pp. 1191
- The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004 ISBN 1-4051-0679-4
- 'Ethics in Greek Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy', in special issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Sept. 2002, Blackwell
- 'Two Conceptions of Hylomorphism in Metaphysics ZH', in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (XV, 1997, 119-145)
- 'Virtue: Aristotle and Confucius', in Philosophy East and West (Vol.48, no.2,1998, 323-347)
- 'The Language of Being: Between Aristotle and Chinese Philosophy', in International Philosophical Quarterly (Vol.39, no.4, 1999, 439-454)
- 'Justice in the Republic: An Evolving Paradox', in History of Philosophy Quarterly (Vol.17, No.2, 2000, 121-141)
- 'Saving the Phenomena: An Aristotelian Method in Comparative Philosophy' (With N.Bunnin), in Two Roads to Wisdom?: Chinese and Analytical Philosophical Traditions, Mou (ed.), Open Court, 2001, 293-312
- 'Xiong Shili's Metaphysics of Virtue', in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy, eds, C-Y Cheng and N.Bunnin, Blackwell Publishers (2002, 127-146).
- 'Aristotle on Eudaimonia: After Plato's Republic', in History of Philosophy Quarterly (Vol.18, No. 2, 2001, 115-138)
- 'The Moral Self and the Perfect Self in Aristotle and Mencius', in Journal of Chinese Philosophy(Vol.28, no.3, 2001, 235-256)
- 'The Identity of Form and Essence in Aristotle', in Southern Journal of Philosophy (Vol. XXXIX, 2001, 299-312)
- 'What is the Focal Meaning of Being in Aristotle?', in Aperion: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science (Vol. XXXIV, no.3, 2001, 205-231)
- 'Introduction: Towards a Greek-Chinese Comparative Ethics', in Ethics in Greek Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, special issue of JCP, Sept. 2002.
- 'Aristotelian Mean and Confucian Mean', in Ethics in Greek Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, special issue of JCP, Sept. 2002.
- 'Rationality and Happiness' (with Gracia), in Rationality and Happiness: from the Ancients to the Early Medievals, 1-15
- 'Will Aristotle Count Socrates Happy?', in Rationality and Happiness: from the Ancients to the Early Medievals, 51-73
- 'MacIntyre's Interpretation of Aristotle', in Uses and Abuses of the Classics: Western Interpretation of Greek Philosophy