Dr Sean Moores

PhD. (INALCO, Paris)

Member of China Studies Centre

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4180
Fax +61 2 9351 2319

Biographical details

Sean Moores teaches the history of China and Chinese Philosophy. He obtained a doctorate in Chinese Studies at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Paris, France, with a dissertation on the early thought of the nineteenth-century Chinese philosopher Kang Youwei (1858-1927).

Research interests

  • The History of China
  • The History of Chinese Philosophy
  • The History of Chinese Political Thought
  • The History of Confucianism
  • The Philosophy of Kang Youwei (1858-1927)
  • The Philosophy of Dai Zhen (1724-1777)

Teaching and supervision

  • ASNS2613 Chinese Thought
  • ASNS3618 Popular China
  • CHNS3641 Readings in Early Chinese Thought
  • ASNS1601 Introduction to Asian Cultures
  • ASNS1602 Modernity in Asia

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Practical Path to Sagehood: Understanding the thought of Yan Yuan (1635-1704) in his criticisms of Neo-Confucianism during the Qing Dynasty. Matthew STEGGLES

Current projects

Dr. Moores’ current research concentrates on the internal logic of Kang Youwei’s philosophy as an alternative perspective of Confucian attitudes towards the question of modernity.


Member of the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney

Selected grants


  • Enhancing cultural competence and cross-cultural interdisciplinary effectiveness (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Suter R, Penaloza F, Sorbera L, Pitaloka D, Moores S; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

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