Jeng-Guo Chen

Visiting Fellow of East Asian Studies
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  • Ph.D. University of Edinburgh
  • M.A. University of Sussex
  • B.A. Fu Jen Catholic University

Jeng-Guo Chen’s major interest lies in British and Chinese intellectual history. Having completed a Doctorate Thesis about James Mill and the late Scottish Enlightenment in 2000, he concentrated in the past 20 years or so in the intellectual history of the Early and High Enlightenment, expounding how the luminaries, including Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, among others, thought about commercial society and politics. Apart from investigating the enlightened ideas or civil society, Chen is keen to betray the interplays between British intellectual movement and British empire-building and colonization in the long Eighteenth Century. Currently, as a visiting Fulbright scholar at Princeton, Chen is undertaking a research project exploring how enlightened writers and theorists justified economic advancements, aggressions and passions with imminent regards to humanities in Eighteen Century Britain, China and France.