IAS-Fudan & Deng Zhenglai

In order to enhance studies on China at LSE we have created the 'China in Comparative Perspective' methodology. In response to LSE's innovative interdisciplinary methodological lecture series 'Thinking like a social scientist' we developed the term 'advanced study on China'. By this we mean the usage of China as a comparator to compare with other countries or regions in interdisciplinary, cross institution, and cross translational approaches for advancing general knowledge.  As a type of advanced study on China the CCPN (China in Comparative Perspective Network) has engaged closely with the Institute for Advanced Study on Social Science at Fudan University (IAS-Fudan) since its launch in June 2008.    


Fudan-IAS, a fascinating initiative, stressesthat 'social science' was established in 2008, and provides a bridge to the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanjing University.

It seeks to become a leading social science institute in China and to promote awareness of cutting edge global social science developments in China to achieve a better understanding of social science theories, intellectual inquires, traditions and approaches, and methods. Its mission is to build an inter/ (non-) disciplinary academic system with China-based academic criteria and its aim is to build a new discourse in social sciences by breaking the existing disciplinary barriers. 

It has the following major publications:  

4 journals:

4 book series:

It also publishes YaleGlobal Online Fudan edition| (in Chinese)

The following books below can be found on Amazon UK:

DENG Zhenglai: the founder of IAS-Fudan-IAS  

The founding Dean of the IAS-Fudan, Professor Zhenglai Deng (1956-2013), passed away because of gastric cancer on 24 Jan 2013, aged 56, see Obituary| and a memorial service|.

Deng Zhenglai was the one of first independent scholars in socialist China for 18 years after his postgraduate from the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU). In 1987 he established the Beijing Institute of Social Sciences, one of the earliest private research institutes in China. He was the founding editor of the Chinese Social Sciences Quarterly,  editor-in-chief of Fudan China Studies and China Social Sciences Quarterly. Deng took professorship at Jilin University in 2003. From 2008 to 2013 he was a distinguished professor of Fudan University, Dean of Fudan-IAS and  adjunct professor, guest professor, or honorary professor at many Chinese universities.

Deng published 25 books, translated 20 books, edited 43 books, and 95 journal articles, e,g  State and Society: China’s Civil Society (2002); Research and Reflections: Autonomy of China’s Social Sciences (2006); Freedom and Order: Hayekian Social Theories (2012); Hayekian Legal Philosophy (2004); Rules, Order, and Ignorance: Hayekian Liberalism (2009); and China’s Legal Science: Where is it headed? (2011). His works have greatly influenced the development of China ’s social sciences.

Deng’s research interests included legal philosophy, political philosophy, and various social science cross-disciplinary areas. He was the only Chinese scholar whose work was cited across six high-ranking social scientific disciplines, e.g. No. 1 in Law, No. 2 in the Political Sciences, and No. 5 in Sociology (No.1 is Fei Xiaotong), according to A report on academic Influence of the research achievements in humanities and social sciences in China (China Social Science Publishing House, 2007).

Professor Stephan Feuchtwang's condolences

I have known and admired Deng Zhenglai since the 1980s and am shocked to learn of his death so young. His extraordinary resourcefulness as an academic businessman, an intellectual and a translator were remarkable in any country. I admired him particularly as an intellectual activist. He opened possibilities of discussion across the social sciences, outside and between university departments, in times when established institutes and universities blocked such possibilities. When they opened up within universities, he was able as head of Fudan University’s Institute of Advanced Social Sciences, to further his intellectual entrepreneurship from within a university. It is extremely sad that his adventure has been curtailed. I hope others will be able to take up the challenge of continuing it (28 Jan 2013).  

IAS-Fudan and LSE
  • Professor Lord Anthony Giddens (the former LSE Director) together with  Professor Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale University) are Honorary Directors of the ISA-Fudan.
  • Professor Stephan Feuchtwang is one of the funding members of the Academic Advisory Committee since 2008 when the IAS-Fudan was founded. He donated his books to the IAS-Fudan. He also gave a lecture entitled ' The concept of civilization and civilization of China' in 2009.  
  • Professor Deng Zhenglai was a member of both CCPN Academic Advisory Committee and the International Advisory Board of the The Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP) and since 2008.  
  • Methodologically, the innovative term 'advanced study on China' that CCPN suggested was partly inspirited by the IAS-Fundan's mission.
  • Deng Zhenglai acted as a general discussant at the academic symposium organised by Professors Wang Mingming and Stephan Feuchtewang in 1997, and published a long review article entitled 'State and Society: the construction and limitation of the research framewok', in Wang and Feuchtwang, eds. The order, justice and authority in Chinese society (in Chinese), Beijing: Chinese University of Political Science and Law Press. p608-645. 
  • Deng Zhenglai wrote a blurb for Dr Xiangqun Chang's book Guanxi or Li Shang Wanglai ?: Reciprocity, Social Support Networks, Social Creativity in a Chinese Village, Airiti Press, 2010 ["The great achievements in socio-economic development over the past three decades have attracted worldwide attention to China. Questions about China's development model are becoming a very popular topic with different social scientific disciplines in the age of globalization. Chang Xiangqun's book Guanxi vs Li shang wanglai? can be seen as a "virtual icon" in which the so-called "China model" is embedded. This book is an excellent outcome based on the author's transdisciplinary training in both China and the West, and her long term in-depth empirical studies on contemporary China. It is the first Chinese scholar's book in nearly 100 years to systematically challenge important Western social anthropological theories of social exchange and reciprocity" - by Deng Zhenglai]
  • Dr Xi Lin, The first student from mainland China who obtained a PhD at the Department of Government, LSE. As a CCPN visiting researcher who worked for CCPN from 2008-11, he became ISA-Fudan Fellow in 2009. His PhD dissertation Emotions and Politics in Human Society: A Progressive Critique, was published by New Star Press, 2012 
  • Deng Zhenglai maintained a good relationship with LSE Alumini, e.g., Professor Peng Xizhe (PhD in Population Studies in 1988)  Professor Huang Ping (PhD of Sociology 1991), Professor Shen Guanbao (VF in Anthropology in 1989-90), Professor Song Xinning (VF in International Relations, 1991-92), Professor Qu Tiepeng (VF in STICERD, 1994)etc.. 


When Professor Stephan Feuchtwang and Dr Xiangqun Chang visited IAS-Fudan in 2009 Professor Deng Zhenglai organised a gathering with scholars in Shanghai from the Shanghai Academy of Social Science (SASS), Fudan University, Shanghai University and East China University Of Science And Technology.  

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The two people in the picture at the bottom of the right hand side column are Professor Stephan Feuchtwang and Professor Deng Zhenglai. Zhenglai told us that this was called the Guanghua Building completed in 2005 for the Centennial celebration of Fudan University. The name of Guanhua came from the Confucian Classics, meaning:  "Itinerant as the twilight, sun glow and moon luminescence" (日月光華,旦復旦兮). It was the origin of the name of Fudan University. 

He then sat on the cement ball of the West side and offered Stephan to sit on the ball on the East side, and said: 'let's exchange views by swapping positions in front of the IAS-Fudan office, which occupies the top level (28th level) of the East tower building. This posture has quadruple meanings'.

Stephan: 'Of what?'

Zhenglai: 'You guess...'     

Note: (1) This page has been updated in memory of Professor Deng Zhenglai's  tremendous contribution to the Chinese social sciences and his great endeavours in promoting social scientific work between China and the world. 

(2) Look at Zhenglai from multiple perspectives ---- also to memorialize two social theorists who died at a young age from China and Taiwan (in Chinese), by Xiangqun Chang




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为了回应LSE倡导的跨学科的方法论性的'象社会科学家一样思考'|系列讲座, 我们开发出 "关于中国的高等研究|" (Advanced studies on China)概念。在中国比较研究网建立过程中,我们得到了复旦大学‘社会科学高级研究院'(简称'复旦高研院')的信息,并对全球和中国的高研院|做了一些研究。可以说,CCPN这种'中国高等研究'的创意得益于LSE的跨学科方法系列讲座--'像社会科学家那样思考'| 和'高等研究院'|的启示。并通过参与组织中欧社会论坛在伦敦的会议|,丰富了其内涵。


复旦大学高等研究院是中国唯一的社会科学高研院。其办院宗旨,从邓正来的院长致词可见一斑:‘中国社会科学必须从“引进”、“复制”、“国际接轨” 的阶段迈向一个全新的阶段,即“走向世界”,并与世界进行实质性的思想对话和学术交流的阶段。这一阶段不同于前三个阶段的关键在于:中国社会科学必须建立 “根据中国”的学术判准,并以这样的判准展开对中国问题和一般理论问题的深度探究,进而用西方社会科学界所能够理解的话语形式同它们展开实质性的对话,最 终达到影响它们、乃至影响世界发展进程和方向的目的。 ...... 在我看来,我们能否实现中国社会科学“走向世界”的目标,其关键在于我们能否真正在根本上实现中国社会科学的“知识转型”。对我们而言,这种“知识转型” 至少要求我们实现如下两个根本性的转变:第一,要从那种因“西方化倾向”所导致的“中国之缺位”中解放出来,重新“找回”或“发现”中国——这里的“中 国”不是意识形态视野中的中国,也不是中国传统知识视野下的中国,更不是西方知识视野下的中国,而是一个基于中国自己的文化身份与政治认同、具有后发经验 并处于世界结构中的当下中国;第二,要从那种“唯学科化倾向”所导致的“肢解化的中国”中解脱出来,用问题导向的、综合性的交叉学科或“无学科性” (non-disciplinary)研究去解释处于变革之中的整体性中国。'

几年来,复旦高研院基于中国立场和视角对全球化时代 世界秩序的理论建构走向世界,以他们对当下中国问题的跨学科深度研究走向世界,同时推动中国优秀的哲学文化传统走向世界。高研院突出“国际化、跨学科”的 特色,努力以国际化跨学科的学术研究、国际化跨学科的学术期刊、国际化跨学科的学术讲坛、国际化跨学科的学术会议等提升中国社会科学国际学术对话水平,建 成非西方国家最重要的社会科学学术重镇之一。








邓正来在1980年代中期于中国外交学院研究生肄业后,成为新中国改革开放以来的第一位‘学术个体户’达十八年之久。1987年创建了第一个民间学术机构——燕京社会文化研究所。1992年,在香港创办《中国社会科学季刊》并任主编。1994年,在香港创办《中国书评》并任主编。1998-1999年,受聘北京大学中国经济研究中心客座研究员。2002年,创办《中国社会科学评论》并任联合主编。2003年受聘于吉林大学法学院暨吉林大学理论法学研究中心教授、博士生导师,西方法哲学研究所所长。2004年,创办个人学术网站“正来学堂”。2008年,任复旦大学特聘教授,国际关系与公共事务学院教授、博士生导师,创立复旦大学社会科学高等研究院,并任院长。2009年,创立“耶鲁全球在线(复旦版)”并任主编;同年创立复旦大学当代中国研究中心并任主任。邓正来还曾任民进中央委员会特聘研究员,FudanJournal of the Humanities and Social Sciences、《中国社会科学辑刊》、《复旦政治哲学评论》、《西方法律哲学家研究年刊》等刊物主编,他还兼任多家大学的特聘教授等学术职务。





早在20世纪80年代,我就知道邓正来并一直都很欣赏他。他英年早逝,令人唏嘘不已。作为一个经营学术的人、一位知识分子和一名翻译家,他人脉广泛、人情练达,在任何一个国家,人们都难望其项背。他作为一位知识分子活动家(intellectual activist),尤其令我佩服。他开风气之先,在高校院系之间和之外,开启了社会科学跨学科讨论的可能性,而在当时,体制内的研究所和高校都阻止了这种跨学科讨论的可能性。当高校敞开胸怀欢迎这种讨论的时候,他作为复旦大学社会科学高等研究院的院长,能在高校内将其知识企业家的精神(intellectual entrepreneurship) 向前推进。令人扼腕的是,他的这种勇往直前将暂告一段落。我希望有其他能者,能接受挑战,传承其薪火(2013年1月28日)。


  • 伦敦经济学院前校长吉登斯勋爵 (Lord Anthony Giddens) 与耶鲁大学伊曼纽尔•沃勒斯坦(Immanuel Wallerstein)教授为复旦高研院荣誉院长.
  • 王斯福教授(Professor Stephan Feuchtwang)自2008年以来为复旦高研院创始委员及学术顾问 (Academic Advisory Committee) 。2009年他应邀在复旦高研院作了题为' 文明的概念与中国文概念' 的演讲并将其著作多本捐赠给复旦高研院。  
  • 邓正来教授于2008年应邀为伦敦经济学院中国比较研究网的学术顾问( CCPN Academic Advisory Committee )。  
  • 中国比较研究网的‘对于中国的高等研究 ('advanced study on China')的方法论创意得益于包括复旦高研院的启示 mission.
  • 早在1997年,邓正来在北京大学王铭铭教授和王斯福教授联合主办的学术研讨会,对会议论文做总评论,这篇题为‘国家与社会’研究框架的建构与限度的评论文章,发表在《乡土社会的秩序、公正与权威》(中国政法大学出版社1997年版),第608-645页。 
  • 邓正来与2009年为中国比较网研究员常向群著作作推荐词《关系抑或礼尚往来?江村互惠、社会支持网和社会创造的研究》 ([英] 常向群 著,毛明华译辽宁人民出版 社 2009年12月出版),如下: ‘中国改革开放三十年在社会经济发展方面取得的巨大成就举世瞩目。在全球化背景下探讨中国发展的模式问题已经成为当下社会科学诸多学科所共同关注的热点。常向群的著作《礼尚往来》可以说是体现所谓"中国模式"的一个"虚拟标识"。这部优秀的著作是作者经过中西方跨学科的学术训练、基于当代中国的、长期的和深度的经验研究的成果, 也是近百年来第一部华人学者全面系统地挑战西方社会人类学的社会交换和互惠等重要理论的力作。’ ---- 邓正来教授,复旦大学社会科学高等研究院院长;《中国社会科学辑刊》主编;《复旦人文社会科学论丛》(英文版)主编
  • 林曦博士, 新中国成立以来,在伦敦经济学院政府系的第一位大陆籍博士。他于2008-11年间为中国比较研究网客座研究员,并于2009年通过邓正来面试,成为复旦高研院研究人员。其博士论文于2012年出版:Emotions and Politics in Human Society: A Progressive Critique, New Star Press, 2012。 
  • 邓正来还与伦敦经济学院校友保持良好的关系,如.彭希哲教授 (人口统计学博士 1988年) , 黄平教授 (社会学博士1991年), 沈关宝教授 (人类学系访问学者1989-90年),  宋新宁教授 (国际关系希访问学者, 1991-92年), 瞿铁鹏教授 (STICERD访问学者, 1994年)等。. 


右下角照片中的两人分别为邓正来(左边)和王斯福(右边)。据邓正来介绍,他们身后的这幢塔楼叫光华楼,它于2005年复旦大学校庆100周年时竣工。光华楼取名原自复旦大学校名出处《尚书大传·虞夏传》中“日月光华,旦复旦兮”的名句。 然后邓正来坐在作边的水泥球上,并请王斯福坐在右边的水泥球上,说道:‘咱面交换一下位置,我坐在西边,你坐在东边:背对着光华楼东边的塔楼,高研院座落在它的顶层(28层)。这种构图包含了四重含义”. 王斯福问:'是什么?'  邓正来答: '你猜猜看...'     


(1) 本网页的更新是为了纪念邓正来教授对推动中国社会科学的重要贡献和促进中国与世界社会科学之间的交流的巨大努力. 

(2) 另见常向群博士的纪念文章(中文)|









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