Eiho Baba (Rong-Fong Chang) is half-Taiwanese and half-Japanese. He holds a joint-appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Asian Studies. He teaches various courses on Chinese and Japanese philosophies, which satisfy both the non-Western requirement at the Department of Philosophy and the philosophy and religion requirement at the Department of Asian Studies. He specializes in comparative philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Japanese philosophy, metaphysics, and epistemology. Dr. Baba is currently working on a monograph on the Song Dynasty Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi.

Experience in Asia

Eiho Baba has traveled extensively throughout East Asia, but lived and worked primarily in Japan and Taiwan.

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Japanese Studies Thesis

Guided research, translation, and writing on a topic in a field of Japanese Studies in which the student has had previous course work. The student will propose a thesis project to a faculty member in the field of Japanese Studies who by approving it becomes the thesis advisor.


Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to some of the classic problems of philosophy, with emphasis on understanding the nature of philosophical reflection and reasoning. Includes epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and other major branches of philosophy.


Chinese Philosophy

Survey of the development of Classical Chinese Philosophy with emphasis upon Confucian, Daoist, and Neo-Confucian traditions.


Japanese Philosophy

The development of Japanese Philosophy from the classical period to modern times with a focus upon Buddhist philosophy and its intersection with the West. Analysis includes Early Buddhism, Kukai's Shingon Buddhism, and Dogen's Soto Zen Buddhism. The encounter of Japanese Philosophy with the West is studied through modern figures such as Nishida Kitaro, Watsuji Tetsuro, and Yuasa Yasuo.



Investigation into the nature, constitution, and structure of reality. Categorization of all things and articulation of the special relations that obtain between those categories. Topics may include universals and particulars, personal identity, freedom and determinism, modality, causation, and time. Examination of central issues and problems of metaphysics through discussions and reading works by both classical and contemporary philosophers.

  • Wing-tsit Chan Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Philosophy
  • Chung-Fong and Grace Ning Excellence in Chinese Studies
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