Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy
Henry Jacobs received his BA and MSt in Chinese Studies from The University of Oxford, where his work focused on Early and Early Medieval Chinese philosophy. His Master's thesis examined the writings of Wei-Jin period scholar Ji Kang, with a view to understanding how theories of music and emotion worked to substantiate or undermine forms of political legitimacy. His recent research investigates Early Medieval Chinese literary theory and practice in the context of post-Han intellectual developments. In particular, he is interested in the status and function of the shelun genre, or Hypothetical Discourse, with respect to contemporary debates over authentic self-expression and the nature of the sage.