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Wenchao Li

Leibniz Universität Hannover und der Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany

Tel: (+49) 511 762 17539; Fax: (+49) 511 762 17532


Wenchao Li, born in 1957 in Shaanxi, China, studied German, philosophy, linguistics and politics in Xi’an, Beijing, Heidelberg and Berlin. Following post-doctoral research from 1992 to 1994 at the Free University in Berlin, he completed his Habilitation there in 1996. After ten years of teaching and research in Stuttgart, Erlangen, Wolfenbüttel, Berlin and at several Chinese universities, in 2007 he was appointed director of the Leibniz Editorial Centre in Potsdam, belonging to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In this capacity he is responsible for the historical-critical edition of Leibniz’s so-called political writings. In 2010 he also took up a post as professor at the Leibniz University in Hanover. Li acts as secretary of the international Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Gesellschaft based in Hanover. His main areas of research include the writings and philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the history of Western philosophy, history of the Chinese philosophy, the history of Sino-European cultural exchange, and the philosophy of science and technology. 

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