Sinology at KULeuven includes the following three domains of research: 1. CLASSICAL CHINESE PHILOSOPHY (Zhou en Han Dynasties): * An analysis of the 'Xunzi' as a culmination of early Chinese philosophical debates; * The ethic-religious core chapters of 'Mozi': a textual analysis of the three-fold structure; * A study of the 'Xunzi'; * Paradoxes in early taoist writings: a philosophical and textual analysis; * From normative language to discussion of principles in Early China (-5 till -2 century); * Reconstructing the classical repertoire of Chinese emotions; * A study of the 'Mencius'. 2. CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN CHINA AND THE WEST (since the 17th century). * Ritual in the exchange between China and the West in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; * Scientific categories in Chinese primary sources related to Christianity in the seventeenth century; * Moral thought and action in Christian communities of the Shanxi -Shaanxi region during late Ming and early Qing; * Compilation of a bibliography of primary Chinese sources concerning Christianity in seventeenth century China; * Comparative philosophy China-Europe; * Handbook of Oriental Studies: Christianity in China; * Sinological study of Christiantiy in China; * Catalogue of primary Chinese sources on the encounter between China and the West in the 17th century; * The Ferdinand Verbiest Project 3. MODERN CHINA * Feng Youlan's 'History of Chinese philosophy': the Chinese philosophical tradition in modern China.