Christoph Harbsmeier

Professor emeritus
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Academic Interests

Christoph Harbsmeier is Professor of Chinese in the University of Oslo. He is also holds honorary professorships at Peking University, Fudan University (Shanghai), Wuhan University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Normal University, and East China Normal University.

His main work is in the history of science (logic), conceptual history, historical linguistics, and modern Chinese cartoons.
He is the editor of the international project Thesaurus Linguae Sericae.



Tags: Chinese, East Asia, China


  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2015). The Philosophy of the Analytic Appercu. In Gentz, Joachim & Meyer, Dirk (Ed.), Literary Forms of Argument in Early China. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004291607. p. 158–174.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2015). On the nature of early confucian classical chinese discourse on ethical norms. Journal of Value Inquiry. ISSN 0022-5363. 49(4), p. 517–541. doi: 10.1007/s10790-015-9530-9.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2013). Plurality and Subclassification of Nouns in Classical Chinese. In Xu, Dan-Dan (Eds.), Plurality and Classifiers in Languages Across China. De Gruyter Mouton. ISSN 978-3-11-029382-1. p. 121–142. doi: 10.1515/9783110293982.121.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2013). Zhao Qi he Hanyu Konyu de lishi (Zhao Qi and the History of Colloqual Chinese). In Shongli, Feng (Eds.), Hanyu shumianyu de Lishi yu xian zhuang (Written Chinese. The Present and the Past). Peking University Press. ISSN 978-7-301-22686-5. p. 117–125.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2013). Concepts That Make Multiple Modernities: The Conceptual Modernisation of China in a Historical and Critical Perspective. In Kwong-loi, Shun (Eds.), Institute of Chinese Studies Visiting Professor Lecture Series (III). Institute of Chinese Studies. ISSN 978-962-633-504-8. p. 23–46.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2013). The Birth of Confucianism from Competition with Organized Mohism. Journal of Chinese Studies. ISSN 1016-4464.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2012). Wenhua jiechu yuyanxue Beijing Xia de Dongganyu yanjiu - "Dongganyu diaocha yanjiu" xu. In Lin, Tao (Eds.), Dongganyu diaocha yanjiu. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Publishers. ISSN 978-7-5161-1418-6. p. 11–17.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2012). Further Reflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine. ISSN 1562-918X. p. 177–195. doi: 10.1163/26669323-03601007.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2011). Vasilii Mikhailovich Alekseev and Russian Sinology. T'oung pao (Print). ISSN 0082-5433. 97(4-5), p. 344–370. doi: 10.1163/156853211X592543.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2011). Glück in China. In Thomä, Dieter; Henning, Christoph & Mitscherlich, Olivia (Ed.), Glück. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. Verlag J. B. Metzler. ISSN 978-3-476-02285-1. doi: 10.1007/978-3-476-00372-0_62.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2011). Reading the One Hundred Parables Sūtra: The Dialogue Preface and the Gāthā Postface, Zen Rhetoric and Doctrine in China, Korea, and Japan. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004185562. doi: 10.1163/9789004206281_005.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2010). Clavis Syntactica. A Key to Some Basic Syntactic Categories in Classical Chinese (I). In Fang, Yixin (Eds.), Han yu shi xue bao 漢語史學報. Zhejiang Jiaoyu Chubanshe 浙江教育出版社. ISSN 9787544431460. p. 35–56.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2010). Some Philosophical Notes On the Gu6dian Manuscript Yucong1. In 何, 志華 (Eds.), 先秦兩漢古籍國際學術研討會論文集. 社會科學文獻出版社. ISSN 9787509717592.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2010). Towards a conceptual history of some concepts of Nature in Classical Chinese. In Vogel, Ulrich; Dux, Gunter & Elvin, Mark (Ed.), Concepts of Nature: A Chinese-European Cross-Cultural Perspective. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 978-9004185265. p. 220–254.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2010). On the Very Notions of Language and the Chinese Language. Histoire Epistémologie Langage. ISSN 0750-8069. 31(2), p. 143–161.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2010). Autochthonous Cinese Conceptual History in a Jocular Narrative Key: The Emotional Engagement Qing. In Joas, Hans & Klein, Barbro (Ed.), The Benefit of Broad Horizons.Intellectual and institutional preconditions for a global social science. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 978-90-04-19284-3. p. 293–313.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph & Bottéro, F. (2008). Xu Shen and the History of the Human Sciences. Asia Major. ISSN 0004-4482. 21, p. 249–271.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2004). The axial millennium in China: a brief survey. In Arnason, Johann (Eds.), Axial civilizations and world history. Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2003). The semantics of qing, Emotions in Chinese Culture. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 32–108.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2001). The Rhetoric of Premodern Prose Style. In Mair, Victor (Eds.), Columbia History of Chinese Philosophy. Columbia University Press. p. 881–908.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2001). Rationalite dans l'histoire intellectuelle de la Chine. In Bronkhorst, Johannes (Eds.), Rationality in Asia. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 127–151.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2001). May Fourth Linguistic Orthodoxy and Rhetoric: Some Informal Comparative Notes. In Lackner, Michael; Amelung, Iwo & Kurtz, Joachim (Ed.), New Terms for New Ideas: Western Knowledge & Lexical change in Late Imperial China. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 90-04-12046-7.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1999). Chinese Rhetoric. T'oung pao. Monographies. ISSN 0169-832X. 85, p. 114–127.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1998). Xunzi and the First Person Pronoun. Early China. ISSN 0362-5028. 22, p. 181–220.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1995). Eroticism in Early Chinese Poetry. Sundry Comparative Notes, Das andere China. Harassowitz. p. 323–380.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1993). Conceptions of knowledge in ancient China. Epistemological issues in classical Chinese philosophy. p. 11–33.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1993). La connaissance du chinois" in Sylvain Auroux, ed., Histoire des id¿es linguistiques, tome 2, Histoire des idees linguistiques, vol. 2. p. 299–312.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1991). The mass noun hypothesis and the part-whole analysis of the White Horse Dialogue. Chinese texts and philosophical contexts. p. 49–66.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1990). Confucius Ridens: Humor in the Analaects. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. ISSN 0073-0548. 50(1), p. 131–161.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1990). Some desultory speculations on non-restrictive modification of nouns and parentheses in Latin and pre-Han Chinese. To Soren Egerod on his Sixty-Seventh Birthday. p. 107–117.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1989). Humour in ancient Chinese philosophy. Philosophy East & West. ISSN 0031-8221. 39(3), p. 131–161.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1989). The classical Chinese modal particle yi. Proceedings Second International Conference on Sinology, Academia Sinica. p. 471–503.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1989). Marginalia sino-logica. Understanding the Chinese Mind: The Philosophical roots. p. 59–83.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1988). Marginalia sino-theologica. Exegetisk Aarskrift. p. 26–42.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1987). Where do Classical Chinese nouns come from? Early China. ISSN 0362-5028. p. 77–163.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1986). Some preliminary remarks on Chinese jokes and cartoons. China in the 90ies and Beyond. p. 30–77.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1980). Current issues in Classical Chinese grammar. Acta Orientalia. ISSN 0001-6438. p. 126–148.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1978). H.C. Andersen in China. Anderseniana. ISSN 0084-6465. 2, p. 289–310.

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  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2001). Manhuajia Feng Zikai: juyou fojiao secai de shehuixianshizhuyi. Xilingyinshe. 150 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1998). Language and Logic in Traditional China (= Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 7.3). Cambridge University Press. 609 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1998). Language and Logic. Cambridge University Press.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph & Stammerjohann, Harro (1996). Lexicon Grammaticorum. Niemeyer. 1300 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1985). Socialism with a Buddhist Face: The Cartoonist Feng Zikai, Universitetsforlaget. 280 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1981). Aspects of Classical Chinese Syntax. Routledge Mental Health. 303 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1979). Wilhelm von Humboldts Brief an Abel-Rémusat und die philosophische Grammatik des Altchinesischen, (Grammatica Universalis vol. 17). Fromann. 279 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1979). Wilhelm von Humboldts Brief an Abel-R¿musat und die philosophische Grammatik des Altchinesischen. Holzmann Verlag. 297 p.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1978). Konfuzius und der R¿uber Zhi. Suhrkamp Verlag. 166 p.

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  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (2003). Thesaurus Linguae Sericae.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1996). Comparative Studies in Latin and classical Chinese Grammar and Rhetoric, 12 Lectures Held at Princeton University, 1995.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1993). The Anatomy of Chinese Laughter. Towards a cultural history of literary impudence, insolence and frivolity in China.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1992). An Annotated Anthology of Comments on Zhuangzi, (Han to Qing) vol. 2: Qiwulun. IOO.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1992). Modern Chinese Analytic Syntax, vol. 2. Serica Osloensis.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1991). An Annotated Anthology of Comments on Zhuangzi, (Han to Qing) vol. I Xiaoyaoyou. IOO.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1991). Modern Chinese Analytic Syntax, vol. 1, Serica Osloensis.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1984). Modern Chinese Image Literature.
  • Harbsmeier, Christoph (1981). Jiao Zhongqing's Wife. An Anonymous Chinese Ballad of the Late 5th or Early 6th Century A.D.. A little grammatical primer.

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