Prof. Peimin Ni earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He also holds an M.A. and a B.A. from Fudan University.
His main interests are Chinese and comparative philosophy, modern European philosophy, and philosophy of causation. He is the author of On Confucius (Wadsworth, 2002), On Reid (Wadsworth, 2002), Wandering - Brush and Pen in Philosophical Reflection(co-authored with Stephen Rowe, Oriental Publication Center in Shanghai and Art Media Resources in Chicago, 2002), Confucious - Making the Way Great (Shanghai Translation Publishing House 2010), and around fifty journal articles and book chapters.
Professor Ni is a founder and former President (1997-1999) of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA). He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on “Chinese and Comparative Philosophy“ and President of theSociety of Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP). He is also the founder and the Director of GVSU's faculty-led study abroad program “Summer School in China“ and a winner of numerous academic awards, including an outstanding teaching award, an outstanding faculty award, early tenure, early promotion, and an Honorary Professor title from East China University of Science and Technology. He also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong.
Peimin Ni is also an accomplished Chinese calligraphy artist. He had a Chinese calligraphy exhibition at GVSU. His video production (with GRTV), “The Art of Chinese Calligraphy“ was featured at the show, and aired numerous times on GRTV. It won the Second Place Award at the Grand Rapids Art Festival, June 2002. Some of his works are part of the permanent collection of GVSU, and can be seen in the library and various other locations on GVSU campuses. The book he co-authored with Stephen Rowe (Wandering) is a dialogue between his calligraphy and Rowe's philosophical verses.