Dr. Jane M. Geaney

Professor of Religious Studies



The Emergence of Word-Meaning in Early China: Normative Models for Words. Under contract at SUNY Press Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, ed. Roger T. Ames.

Language as Bodily Practice in Early China: A Chinese Grammatology. SUNY Press Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, ed. Roger T. Ames. Forthcoming, March 2018.

On the Epistemology of the Senses in Early Chinese Thought. Monograph Series in Asian and Comparative Philosophy, no. 19. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2002.


"Binaries in Early Chinese Texts: Locating Entities on Continuums.” International Communication of Chinese Culture (2016) DOI 10.1007/s40636-015-0046-6

“Five Questions.” In History of Logic in China: 5 Questions, eds. Jeremy Seligman and Liu Fenrong, 157–63. London: Automatic Press/ VIP, VINCE INC, 2015.

Self as Container? Metaphors We Lose By in Understanding Early China.” Antiquorum Philosophia 5 (2011): 11–30.

Grounding ‘Language’ in the Senses: What the Eyes and Ears Reveal about Ming 名 (Names) in Early Chinese Texts.Philosophy East and West 60 (2010): 251–293.

Guarding Moral Boundaries: Shame in Early Confucianism.Philosophy East and West 54 (2004): 113–42. Translated as “Scham und Übertretung leiblicher Grenzen im frühen Konfuzianismus.” Trans. Marc Hermann et al. minima sinica 2 (2001): 21–37.

“Mencius’ Hermeneutics.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 27 (2000): 93–100.

“Chinese Cosmology and Recent Studies in Confucian Ethics: A Review Essay.” Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (2000): 451–470.

Critique of A. C. Graham’s Reconstruction of the Neo-Mohist Canons.Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (1999): 1–11.


“Míng名 as ‘Names’ Rather than ‘Words’: Disabled Bodies Speaking Without Acting in Early Chinese Texts,” in Having a Word with Angus Graham: On the First Quarter Century of his Immortality, edited by Carine Defoort and Roger T. Ames. Albany: SUNY Press (March 2018).

“What is Ming 名?” in Dao: A Companion to Chinese Philosophy of Logic, edited by Yiu-ming Fung. New York: Springer (forthcoming).

The Sounds of Zhèngmíng (正名): Setting Names Straight in Early Chinese Texts.” In Ethics in Early China: An Anthology, edited by Chris Fraser, Dan Robins, and Timothy O’Leary, 107–118. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011.

The Gendered Feature of Parental Love in Early Confucian Philosophy.” In Philosophieren über die Liebe. Love in Eastern and Western Philosophies, ed. Hans-Georg Moeller and Gunter Wohlfart, 99–113. Berlin: Parerga, 2007.

The Limits of the Senses in the Zhongyong.” In Metaphilosophy and Chinese Thought: Interpreting David Hall, ed. Ewing Chinn and Henry Rosemont Jr., 149–65. New York: Global Scholarly Publications, 2005.


Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China, by Edward Slingerland. Journal of Chinese Religions 31 (2003): 294–295.

The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue, by Sarah Allan. Journal of the American Oriental Society 120 (2000): 304–305.

Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China, by Lisa Raphals. Journal of the American Oriental Society 120 (2000): 140–141.

Mencius and Early Chinese Thought, by Kwong-loi Shun. Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (1999): 366–368.

Naming and Actuality in Early Chinese Thought, by John Makeham. Journal of Religion 78 (1998): 153–154.


Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., College of Holy Cross

Contact Information

102D Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8330
(804) 287-6504 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Conceptions of the body and language in early Chinese texts