Prof. Galia[Galia] Patt -Shamir

Department of East Asian Studies
Department of Philosophy
School of Cultural Studies
לימודי מזרח אסיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Galia[Galia] Patt -Shamir
Phone: 03-6407836
Fax: 03-6209777
Office: Gilman-humanities


  • B.A in Philosophy, 1985 (Haifa University)

  • M.A in Philosophy, 1990 (Tel Aviv University)

  • Ph.D. in Study of Religion, 1997 (Harvard University)

Research Interests

Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, Philisophy of Religion, Neo-Confuciansim, Confucianism, Daoism



  •  Human Nature in Chinese Philosophy (Hebrew). Tel Aviv University Press, 2004.
  •  To Broaden the Way - A Confucian - Jewish Dialogue.  Lexington Press, 2006 .
  •  Tongshu - Text and Commentary (Hebrew). Tel Aviv University Press, 2016.
  • Persons Emerging : Three Neo-Confucian Perspectives on Transcending Self-Boundaries. Albany New York, State University New York Press, 2021.



  • “To Live a Riddle – The Case of the Binding of Isaac.” Philosophy and  Literature. October 2003. 27:2, 269-283.
  • “Moral World, Ethical Terminology – The Moral Significance of Metaphysical Terms in Zhou Dunyi and Zhuxi.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy. September 2004. 31:3, 349-362.
  • “Seeds for Dialogue – On Learning in Confucianism and Judaism”. Journal of Ecumenical Studies. December 2004. 40:1-2, 201-215.
  • “The Effectiveness of Contradiction in Understanding Human Practice: A Rhetoric of "Goal-Ideal" in Confucianism.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy. September 2005. 32:3, 455-476.
  • Way as Dao; Way as Halakha. Confucianism, Judaism and Way metaphors.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. December 2005 5.1, 137-156.
  •   “From Li to Li¹ – A Pragmatistic Implication on Cheng Chung-ying’s Onto-Hermeneutics.” In: On-cho Ng, ed.,The Imperative of Reading: Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Onto-Hermeneutics. New York: Global Scholarly Publications. Winter2007/spring 2008, 156-173.
  • "Confucianism and Judaism - Dialogue in Spite of Differences" In The Jewish Chinese Nexus Ed. M. Avrum Ehrlich. Routledge, 2008, 61-71.
  • "Crossing Boundaries Between Confucianism and Judaism" with Yoav Rapoport. In The Jewish Chinese Nexus Ed. M. Avrum Ehrlich. Routledge, 2008, 49-60.
  • "Confucian Dialogue: Humanity, Education and Self Realization." (Hebrew) In: Empowering Dialogues in Humanistic Education. Ed. Nimrod Aloni. Tel-Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 68-88.
  • "Learning, Family, Men and Women – Confucian and Jewish Perspectives". In At Home in Many Worlds: Reading, Writing and Translating from Chinese and Jewish Cultures – Essays in honour of Professor Irene Eber. Raoul David Findeisen, Gad C. Isay, Amira Katz-Goehr (eds.) Germany, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Press, 2009, 259-272.
  • "Uncarved in Sone - Tradition and Renewal in the Confucian Canon." (Hebrew) In: Constituting Canon. Ed. Jacob Shavit. Tel Aviv, Tel-Aviv Univrsity Press, 2009, 122-152.
  • "Bi duihua zitu-- bijiao yanjiu rujia de Dao he Youtai de Halakah, sixiang." 辟對話之途比較研究儒家的“道”和猶太教的“哈拉哈”思想. "Making Way for Dialogue – on Dao and Halakha" (in Chinese)《犹太研究》(Youtai Yanjiu. Jewish Studies). May 2009, 171-194. Vol. 7.
  • " Learning and Women in Confucianism: Traditional and Modern". Journal of Chinese Philosophy. June 2009. 36.2, 243-260.
  • "To Live a Riddle: The Transformative Aspect of the Laozi "  Journal of Chinese Philosophy. June 2009. 36.3, 408-423.
  • "The Value in Story-Telling: On Women's Life-Stories in Confucianism and Judaism". Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. Summer 2010, 9.2, 175-191.
  • "The Limits of Empathy: A Mengzi’an Perspective."Comparative and Continental Philosophy. December 2010. 2.2, 253-274.
  • "The "Dual Citizenship" Of Emptiness: A Reading Of Bu Zhenkong Lun."  Journal of Chinese Philosophy. September 2011. 38.3, 474-490.
  • "Filial Piety, Vital Power, and a Moral Sense of Immortality in Zhang Zai's Philosophy," Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. June 2012, 11:2, 223-239.
  •  “Expanding Family Reverence - A Confucian - Jewish Dialogue.” With Zhang Ping.  The Blackwell Companion on Interreligious Dialogue. Ed. Catherine Cornille. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 450-467.
  • "A Way of Practice: On Confucian Learning as a Communal Task," Philosophical Practice. July 2015, 10:2, 1581-96.
  • "Cultivationg Oneself as Cultivating Others - Confucian Humanism and its Realization." (Chinese) China Confucius Special Issue: Confucians' View of Body and Spiritual Cultivation: From Tradition to Contemporary中国儒学》主题是“儒家的身体观与灵修:从传统到当代” December, 2015, 176-193.
  • Co-author with Yehuda Abramovitch. "Forgetting as a Transformative Experience in the Analytic Process -- Psychological Insights from Daoism." 忘却_分析过程中的转化体验_道家思想的心理学启示_加利亚_帕特_沙米尔(Chinese) Journal of Shangqiu Normal University 商丘师范大学学报. 32.7, 2016.
  • Adler, Joseph A. Reconstructing the Confucian Dao: Zhu Xi’s Appropriation of Zhou Dunyi.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2014. Monumenta Serica 201664.
  •  "To Beget and to Forget - in Bloomsbury Research Handbook on Chinese Philosophy and Gender. Ed. Pang-White Ann. New York: Bloomsbury Academic 2016, 249-266.
  • Whose Tradition? Which Dao? Confucius and Wittgenstein on Moral Learning and Reflection. James F. Peterman. Philosophy East and West. 2017,  67:1 
  • " Li and Qi as Supra- Metaphysics." Dao Companion to Zhu Xi’s Philosophy, 2018.
  • "Reading Taijitu Shuo Synchronously: The Human Sense of Wuji er Taiji." Dao - Journal of Comparative Philosophy Philosophy, 2019
  • "Centrality and Commonality: From Translation to Realization." Festschrift on Spiritual Humanism. January 2020.
  • "Career as Way (Dao): A Confucian Perspective on Career Choice as a Process of Sel-Realization." People at Work: Israeli journal for career development, 2021.
  • Sharon Small and Galia Patt-Shamir. “Towards a Daoist Ethics: A Laozi’an ‘Model of Modeling.” Asian Philosophy - An International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the East. Published online: 16 March 2022.
  • “Shao Yong’s Theory of observation,” (Chinese) China Confucian Studies, 2022




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