Professor Liao teaches courses in the field of ethics since 2001 at Beijing Normal University, before that he had worked at the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for 14 years, his research focuses primarily on ethical theories, virtue ethics and social and political philosophy, and his specific research interest also goes to some comparative studies on Chinese and Western ethical traditions.
He is a co-translator of Rawls’ Theory of Justice (1971 English edition published in 1988, 1999 rev. English edition in 2009) and Paulsen’s System of Ethics (1988); the sole translator of Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics (1993) and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (2003), and recently, a co-translator of Barnes’ (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Philosophy: Aristotle (2013). He is the author of An Examination into Aristotle’s Theory of Friendship (in Chinese, 1997), Reading Nicomachean Ethics (2003), The Shift-to-Public Transformation of the Communicatory Life (2007), and Foundations of Ethics (2009), and some other books in Chinese. He is also the author of many academic articles on some journals in China, and, some (very few) of his articles may be found in Jounal of Chinese Philosophy and Frontiers of Philosophy in China.
He paid a visit at Harvard University in 1990-1991 as a visiting scholar of Harvard-Yenching Institute, paid a 3 month visit at St. Anna College of Oxford University in 2000 as an exchanging research fellow of the British Academy, and a 6 month visit at Victoria University in 2004-2005 as a senior visiting professor.
Prof. Liao has been serving as a vice president of the Chinese Society of Ethics since 2000. He is an ex-vice-editor-in-chief of Frontiers of Philosophy in China, an English journal in philosophy edited and published in China since 2006, and a member of the editorial committee of the Chinese journal Studies in Ethics and Morality and Civilization. He has been participant of many domestic and international academic conferences, and contributor of many academic journals.