Since September 2015, I am holding a position in China permanently.
First, at a university in China’s most progressive, modern and youngest city Shenzhen and from September onwards in one of China’s historically most important cities – Nanjing.
I studied philosophy, sociology and psychology with a focus on applied philosophy and ethics but specifically business ethics. My research fields are business ethics, ethics in finance and Chinese philosophy in business and management.
More than a decade ago, in 2005, I fell in love with this country during my first internship for a Chinese automotive supplier in Jiangsu province, in a small town about 250km away from Shanghai. After my first internship I started learning Chinese and came back every year for internships until 2009, switching from a Chinese company to a German Multinational in Shanghai. Each year I travelled the country and even more so in 2010 and 2012. Over this decade I could also witness China changing – economically, socially and politically.
In 2009, I started working for a private business school in Germany, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. For five years I was a research assistant to a distinguished Sinologist and economist, Professor Carsten Herrmann-Pillath and his East-West Centre for Business Studies and Cultural Science (ECBC). By that time, I wrote my first short articles, working papers, on Confucianism in China and its impact on (business) culture.
After writing on China-related issues for several years, working in China frequently in the past and now living there for two years, I am still fascinated by this country, how it is today with all its ambiguities, and even more so by its history and philosophy. Especially Daoism, a rather neglected Chinese philosophy, caught my attention. Accordingly, I tried to connect it with my studies in philosophy and this is how this project came into existence.
“When one is in China, one is compelled to think about her, with compassion always, with despair sometimes, and with discrimination and understanding very rarely. For one either loves or hates China.” Lin Yutang, My Country and My People (1935)
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