Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Pregadio

Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Pregadio

  • Organisation: Institut für Sprachen und Kulturen des Nahen Ostens und Ostasiens
  • Abteilung: Lehrstuhl für Sinologie
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Daoist thought, religion, and traditions of self-cultivation. Daoist views of the human being. Daoism and divination


• Ph.D. (Civilizations of East Asia), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 1990
• M.A. (Chinese Language and Literature), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 1983
• University of Kyoto, Institute for Research in Humanities, 1985-90
• Italian School of East Asian Studies, Kyoto, 1985
• University of Leiden, Sinologisch Instituut (Linguistics of Classical Chinese), 1980-81


• Erlangen University, Institute of Sinology: Guest Professor of Daoist Anthropology, from 2014-15 to 2017-18
• McGill University, Montreal, Department of East Asian Studies: Course Lecturer, 2009-2010
• Stanford University, Department of Religious Studies: Visiting Professor, 2001-2002; Acting Associate Professor, 2002-2008
• Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Philosophy: Visiting Professor, 1998 and 1999-2001
• Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of East Asian Studies: Professor, 1996-97

• Visiting Fellow, International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Erlangen University, 2011-12
• Visiting Scholar, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, 2008-10
• Visiting Scholar, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley, 2008-09
• Research Fellow, Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Kyoto, 1991-95
• Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Asian Studies, University of Naples, 1991-93


• Erlangen University, International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, 2011-12
• Stanford University, Center for East Asian Studies, 2006-7 and 2007-08
• Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2005
• Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 2000-02
• Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 1999-2000
• Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin, 1993-94
• Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific Research, 1989-91, 1991-93
• Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1988
• Italian Institute for the Middle and the Far East, 1985, 1986-87, 1991
• European Science Foundation, 1984-89
• Italian National Research Council, 1981-83, 1986-89
• Dutch Ministry of Education, 1980-81


• “Daoism and Divination”. In Michael Lackner, ed., Handbook of Chinese Divination. In preparation.

• “The Man-Bird Mountain: Writing and Revelation in Early China”. In Sophia Katz, ed., Divination and the Strange in Pre- and Early Modern East Asia and Europe [Provisional title]. In preparation.

• The Taoist Tradition. London: Routledge. In preparation.

• “Daoist Canon.” In “Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies”. Scheduled for publication in 2018. []

• “La tradizione taoista”. In Donatella Rossi, ed., Antologia delle Religioni dell’Asia Orientale [Anthology of East Asian Religions]. Roma: Casa Editrice Astrolabio – Ubaldini Editore. Scheduled for publication in 2018. [Ca. 100 pp.]

• “Which Is the Taoist Immortal Body?” In Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali. Scheduled for publication in 2018.

• “The Alchemical Body in Daoism.” In Manuel Vasquez and Vasudha Narayana, eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Material Religion. Scheduled for publication in 2018.

• “Religious Daoism”. In Edward N. Zalta, ed., The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy <>, 2016.

• “Discriminations in Cultivating the Tao: Liu Yiming (1734–1821) and His Xiuzhen houbian.” AION (Annali dell’Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”), 37 (2015): 81-108.

• “Creation and Its Inversion: Cosmos, Human Being, and Elixir in the Cantong qi (The Seal of the Unity of the Three).” In Anna Andreeva and Dominic Steavu, eds., Creation and Animation: Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions, 186-211. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2015.

• “Superior Virtue, Inferior Virtue: A Doctrinal Theme in the Works of the Daoist Master Liu Yiming (1734–1821).” T’oung Pao 100 (2014): 460-98.

• “Destiny, Vital Force, or Existence? On the Meanings of Ming 命 in Daoist Internal Alchemy and its Relation to Xing 性 or Human Nature.” Daoism: Religion, History and Society 6 (2014): 157-218.

• The Seal of the Unity of the Three. Two volumes. Vol. 1: A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Taoist Way of the Golden Elixir. Vol. 2: Bibliographic Studies on the Cantong qi: Commentaries, Essays, and Related Works. Mountian View: Golden Elixir Press, 2011, 2012.

• Editor, The Encyclopedia of Taoism. London and New York: Routledge, 2008. [Contains about 800 articles written by 46 contributors from the USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Prized as “Outstanding Reference Source” by the American Library Association in 2009.]

• Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. Translated into Chinese by Han Jishao 韓吉紹 as Taiqing: Zhongguo zhonggu zaoqi de daojiao he liandanshu 太清 - 中国中古早期的道教和炼丹术 (Jinan: Qi Li shushe, 2016).