John Didier

Contact Information

Phone: 970.491.3952


Office: Eddy 243D

Role: Faculty

Position: Associate Professor; Chair, Department of Philosophy

  • Ancient and Middle-period Chinese intellectual history
  • Ancient and Middle-period Chinese philosophy and religion


A.M. (1993) and Ph.D. (1998), Princeton University.  Didier specializes in ancient and middle-period Chinese intellectual history, philosophy, and religion.  His work is interdisciplinary, involving the various fields of anthropology, archaeoastronomy, archaeology, art history, history of science and technology, literary analysis, linguistics, philosophy (alchemy, metaphysics, cosmography, cosmology, ontology, epistemology, self-cultivation), and religion.  His major publications include "In and Outside the Square: The Sky and the Power of Belief in Ancient China and the World, c. 4500 BC – AD 200" (Sino-Platonic Papers No. 192, 2009, 3 vols.:, ⟪气候改变历史⟫ ("A History of Climate Change"; co-edited with Wang Xiaoran; in Chinese; Beijing: Jincheng, 2014), ⟪再議中國古代和帝國早期宇宙觀中的‘地方’說⟫ (“Reassessing the Square-Earth Thesis in Classical and Early-Imperial Chinese Cosmography”; in Chinese; Taipei: Lianjing, 2009), and “Messrs. T’an, Chancellor Sung, and the Book of Transformation (Hua Shu): Texts and the Transformation of Traditions” (Asia Major, New Series; Nangang, Taiwan: Academia Sinica, 1998).  Didier has served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at CSU (2007-2012) and as the start-up Center Director (CEO, CFO, COO) of the INTO Colorado State University International Student Center, LLC (2012-2014).  He is currently preparing for publication two book manuscripts drawn from his 1998 dissertation, including (1) a thorough account of classical (c. 5th-1st century BC) Chinese metaphysics, and (2) an annotated translation of a seminal 10th-century syncretic work of metaphysical, Daoist-alchemical-immortalist, and Confucian philosophy, the Hua Shu 化書 (“Book of Transformation”).  In 2014 Didier accepted his appointment as Interim Chair of the Department of Philosophy.


A.M. (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) Princeton University


PHIL 462, Capstone Seminar: “Ancient and Middle-period Chinese Philosophy and Religion”