Philosophy and Religion

Bin Song

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion

PhD., Religious Studies, Boston University, 2018

S.T.M., Theology, Boston University, 2014

PhD., Philosophy, Nankai University, 2009

B.A., Philosophy, Nankai University, 2003

Visiting Studies, Philosophy, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), 2007-2008

Visiting Studies, Asian Studies, Harvard University, 2011-2013. 

Research Spotlight

Asian and Comparative philosophies and religions.


Selected Publications:


A Study of Comparative Philosophy of Religion on “Creatio Ex Nihilo” and “Sheng Sheng” (Birth Birth, 生生).

Readers: Robert C. Neville and Stephen C. Angle.


Descartes’ Mechanical Philosophy - from the Perspective of Metaphysics and Physics (in Chinese), Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2012.


Ru Meditation: Gao Pan Long (1562-1626 C.E). Boston: Ru Media Company, 2017. Reviewed by Leah Kalmanson, Philosophy East and West 68(4): 1-5 (2019)

莱布尼茨传,北京:中国人民大学出版社, 2015. Translation from Maria Rosa Antognazza, Leibniz An Intellectual Biography, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

An Empirical Study and Theoretical Reflection on the Knowledge and Perceptions of Ruism in the United States,” in Confucian Academy (English-Chinese bilingual), 2019 (1): 75-91, 183-192.

Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 203-224. 

Confucianism, Gapponshugi and the Spirit of Japanese Capitalism,” Confucian Academy (English-Chinese bilingual), 2018 (04): 79-89. 

Shengsheng and the Confucian Sacred Canopy in the Yijing,” 周易研究Zhouyi Studies (English version), Vol.9, no.1 (June 2018): 33-55.

“‘Three Sacrificial Rituals’ (三祭) and the Practicability of Ruist (Confucian) Philosophy,” in the APA (American Philosophical Association ) Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, Vol. 17 (2), Apr., 2018: 2-5.

The Confucian Philosophy of Education in Hexagram ‘Meng’ (Shrouded) of the Yijing,” in Confucianism Reconsidered: Insights for American and Chinese Education in the 21st Century, edited by Xiufeng Liu and Wen Ma. New York: State University of New York Press, 2018 (June): pp.131-150.

Academic Adviser and Co-author for “Mencius 372-289 B.C,” in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC), edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 197, Gale, 2018: pp 103-297.                                                                                        

Political Mysticism and Political Theology of Dorothee Sölle,” Studies in Spirituality, vol. 26, 2016: pp.331-344.

“The Cartesian Circle and the Principle for the Certainty of Knowledge” (in Chinese), Review of Phenomenology and Philosophy in China, 2014 (15): pp. 23-56.

“The Affectivity between Heaven (Tian) and Humans, One Thread to Run Through - An Interpretation of the Happiness of Confucius and Yan Hui in the Perspective of Phenomenology” (in Classical Chinese), New Asia Journal, 2012 (13): pp.43-47.

“An Interaction between Christianity and Science in the Epoch of Modern Scientific Revolution — Marin Mersenne as an Example” (in Chinese), Studies In Dialectics of Nature, 2012 (9): pp.102-107.

“Being Self-Determined and Obeying Nature — an Exposition of Descartes’ Ethics” (in Chinese), Journal of Tianjin University (Social Sciences), 2011 (3): pp.102-106.

“Descartes’ ‘Hyperbolic Doubt’ as the Origin of the Phenomenological Concept of ‘Intentionality’” (in Chinese), Modern Philosophy, 2011(2): pp. 72-78.

“Why does Modern Science Originate from the West?” (in Chinese), Newspaper of China Social Sciences, 02/17/2011: pp.12.

“The Concepts of ‘Cause’ and ‘Movement’ in the Physics of Aristotle – from the Perspective of Kuhn” (in Chinese), Modern Philosophy, 2008 (5): pp.81-87.

“Elements Of Hume’s Philosophy in William James’ View of Truth” (in Chinese), Modern Philosophy, 2006 (2): pp.72-77.

Book Review:

Tze-ki Ton and Kristin Stapleton Ed., Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action (Albany: SUNY press, 2017) . Philosophy East and West 69, no. 3 (2019)

Philip J. Ivanhoe, Oneness: East Asian Conception of Virtue, Happiness and How We are All Connected, Oxford, 2017. Notre Dame Philosophical Review, 2018.05.05.

Keith CHAN Ka-fu and William NG Yau-nang, Ed., Paul Tillich and Asian Religions. Boston: De Gruyter, 2017. Journal of Interreligious Studies, Issue 25, 2019 Feb, p. 61-63.

JeeLoo Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. Notre Dame Philosophical Review, 2019.03.33.

Other Publications

I am a contributor of Huffington Post ( from 2016-2018.


I have broad teaching interests in philosophy and religious studies based upon a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach, such as “Introduction to Philosophy” (PHL100), “History of Modern Philosophy” (PHL 214), “Comparative Religion: Eastern” (PHL 112), and “Introduction to Confucianism/Ruism” (PHL 394).

Professional Experience

Vice President, The North American Paul Tillich Society, 2019

Chapel Associate of Confucianism, Marsh Chapel, Boston University, 2018-2019

Co-Founder and President of Boston University Confucian Association, 2014-2018

Harvard-Yenching Visiting Fellow, Asian Studies, Harvard University, 2011-2013

Scholar in residence, Daofeng Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong, 2011

Visiting scholar in the Institute of Scholastic Philosophy at Fujen Catholic University, Taiwan, 2010

Assistant professor of philosophy of science, Nankai University, 2009-2013

Visiting dissertation researcher at the Center of Cartesian Studies of the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), 2007-2008.