Professor Robert Allinson

Narrative Biography


Professor Allinson has published over two hundred single author academic papers. Up to 2000 (the last year calculated), he had over forty citations to his works in the Philosopher's Index in addition to over four hundred citations to his work in refereed books and refereed journal articles to date.

He is Editor or Referee for nine international journals including the Journal for Chinese Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Philosophy East & West, Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal for Business Ethics, the International Journal for Management and Decision Making, the Business Ethics Yearbook and Philosophical Inquiry. Fellow Editorial Board Members of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy include Tu Wei Ming, Karl Apel, Donald Munroe, Alasdair Maclntyre and Herbert Fingarette.  His work has been published in the Encyclopaedia of Chinese Philosophy and such journals as Philosophy, East & West, Philosophical Inquiry, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Monumenta Serica, Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Revue Indépendante de Philosophie, Journal of Religion, Zen Buddhism Today, The Eastern Buddhist, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (in the December, 2003 edition with Richard Rorty), The Journal of Fudan University, (in Chinese translation), History and Theory, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, The Institute of World History, Beijing, China, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Business Ethics. He has published seven articles in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy alone including one for the Special Double Issue, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, Chinese Philosophy as Knowledge and Value: 30 Years (1973-2003) and Beyond, December 2003. His philosophic poetry has been awarded an Academy of American Poet's Award (Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate, judge) and has been published in the same international edition with poems by Nobel Prizewinners, Odysseus Elytis and Boris Pasternak. 

In 2004, Business Ethics Quarterly, on which he serves as Editor, received the Golden Page Award (chosen from 400 journals together with the Harvard Business Review, for editorial excellence and the quality of refereeing).

His books have been reviewed in publications as wide-ranging as The Far Eastern Economic Review to The Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Iyyan, the Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophy published by the Royal Institute of Philosophy at Cambridge University. His Understanding the Chinese Mind has been acclaimed in a review in Philosophy, East & West, by David Wong, of Duke University as making ‘a substantial contribution to the field' and by the late Ninian Smart, formerly President, American Academy of Religion, in a rare second review in Philosophy, East & West, ‘as an important book'. His Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation has been termed by Mark Elvin, formerly of Oxford University, as ‘an exceptional achievement'. In a 2005 review of his A Metaphysics for the Future, by the well-known philosopher Robert Neville of Boston University it is stated that ‘Allinson has written a brilliant defense of a rigorous phenomenological approach to metaphysics ... The reference circle for Allinson's argument is classical Western philosophy of the ancient and modern periods. The footnotes are a wonderful source of continuing commentary on contemporary problems of reading the history of Western philosophy...‘No one has made the case for phenomenological certainty as well as Allinson ...

He has been invited to be the Keynote Speaker for the Plenary Session of the First Conference of the European Society for Asian Philosophy, held at the University of Nottingham, U.K. He has been invited by Tang Yi-jie to lecture at the International Academy of Chinese Culture in Beijing, and for the graduate students in Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at Peking University.

He was an official Exchange Professor from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to the Department of Philosophy at Fudan University. He was official Exchange Visiting Scholar at Soka University of Japan. He was invited to deliver a seminar for the Department of Philosophy at Nanjing University, Nanjing, People's Republic of China. He was Visiting Professor to Waseda University in Tokyo. He has been invited twice to take part in seminars at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Italy (1998, 2002) and contributed a chapter to Intercultural Phenomenology, Munich, Germany: ludicium Press, 1998.

In 2002 he was invited to present a paper in the European Parliament for the European Ethics Summit. In 2003, he was selected by the United Nations to represent Asia as part of a small group of international experts to conduct a symposium on responsibility in world business in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2004, his chapter on Hong Kong, China was published in the book, Responsibility in World Business published by the United Nations University. In 2004 he was invited to address the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Shanghai and to offer a paper with Richard Rorty at a special meeting of the International Society for the study of Chinese and Western philosophy.

He has been a co-participant in a workshop with Hilary Putnam, Alisdair Maclntyre, Richard Rorty, and Karl-Otto Apel He has been invited to be Visiting Fellow or Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, Balliol College, University of Oxford, Holywell Manor, The Graduate School of the University of Oxford, personally invited by Joseph Needham to the Needham Research Institute of Cambridge University and by John Smith to the Graduate School of the Department of Philosophy, Yale University. In 2002, he was invited to be Co-Consultant with Richard Rorty of Stanford University and the late, distinguished Donald Davidson of the University of California at Berkeley to the International Society for Comparative Philosophy (USA).

His Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation has been cited in the 2005 Encyclopedia Britannica as one of two leading reference sources for the study of Chuang-Tzu. In 2004, Professor Allinson was invited to nominate candidates for the Kyoto Prize in the Humanities. Professor Allinson was invited to nominate candidates for the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy in the field of Ethics and Thought (former awardees have included Noam Chomsky, Sir Karl Popper, William Van Orman Quine and Paul Ricoeur).

In 2005, Professor Allinson has been invited to become a member of the American Biographical Institute's distinguished Research Board of Advisors (the Institute publishes such volumes as 500 Leaders of Influence, Leading Intellectuals of the World, Great Minds of the 21st Century.)