Darren Yutang Jin

Mr Darren Yutang Jin

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
Classic Confucianism and Justifications of Democracy
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Democratic theory Democracy and Democratic Theory Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Areas of expertise

Confucian political theory, classic Confucian political thought, twentieth century New Confucianism, democratic theory, comparative political theory

Academic Profile

My DPhil research lies at the intersection of comparative political theory and Confucian philosophy, focusing on the Confucian justifications of democracy. I examine whether pre-Qin Confucian texts can provide a ground of justification for democracy and if it can, what kind of democracy follows such a justification.

Previously I received an MSc in political theory from Oxford (2016), an MSc in European studies from the LSE (2014), and a Bachelor's dgree in international relations from Peking University (2013). 

As a tutor, I also teach political theory papers to PPE students.


English (academic proficiency)

Mandarin Chinese (native)

Classic Chinese (academic proficiency)

Korean (native; TOPIK 6)

Japanese (upper-intermediate in reading and listening, intermediate in writing and speaking; JLPT Level N2: 177/180)

French (intermediate; LSE Certificate of Proficiency in French level C1)


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Classic Confucian Thought and Political Meritocracy: A Text-Based Critique,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (accepted, forthcoming)

“Between Political Meritocracy and Participatory Democracy: Toward Realist Confucian Democracy,” Culture and Dialogue (special issue on “Confucianism: Comparisons and Controversies,” accepted, forthcoming)

“Confucian Justifications of Democracy: A Critique of Joseph Chan’s Democratic Theory,” Philosophy East & West 70(2) (2020), 374-394.