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Structure of the Discipline

Professor Wan Junren is the chairperson in charge of the Philosophy as a discipline. The Department of Philosophy at Tsinghua University belongs to the discipline of philosophy and includes all eight areas of the study of philosophy. Among them, the area of ethics is the leading one in the department; the areas of Marxist philosophy, Chinese philosophy, and foreign philosophies will be the priorities in the future; and the area of logic has inherited the historical feature of the department. In 2008, ethics was selected as one of the priority disciplines by the Beijing Municipal Government. During the period of the construction of Project 985 (the second term), the department will continue to carry the main tasks of constructing the discipline of philosophy and take it as a platform to strengthen its internal quality. The specific goals are: strengthening all eight areas in aspects such as the allotment of faculty members, further training of the faculty members, the teaching system, and academic studies; focusing on Marxist philosophy, Chinese philosophy, and foreign philosophies; developing the area of ethics at full speed and endeavoring to make it become the priority area sponsored by the central government of P.R. China; endeavoring to make the discipline of philosophy as a whole in the department become the priority discipline sponsored by the central government of P.R. China in a reasonable time; constructing two to three priority areas in five to ten years, which will be leaders in China and first-class ones in the international academic community, so as to further make the department well-known at home and abroad.