Fabrizio Pregadio is Guest Professor of Daoist Anthropology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, and a research associate of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication", directed by Professor Michael Lackner at the same university. He has previously taught at different universities in Italy, Germany, the United States, and Canada. He is the author of Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China (Stanford University Press, 2006) and the editor of The Encyclopedia of Taoism (Routledge, 2008).

His research focuses on the Daoist views of the human being and the Daoist traditions of self-cultivation. His current projects include a study of the intersection of Daoist, Buddhist, and Neo-Confucian doctrines in Internal Alchemy (Neidan).

In addition to his scholarly activities, he publishes translations of original texts on Daoism and Daoist Internal Alchemy (Neidan) addressed to a wider audience. These translations, published by Golden Elixir Press, include the Cantong qi (Seal of the Unity of the Three); the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality); the Ruyao jing (Mirror for Compounding the Medicine); the Yinfu jing (Scripture of the Hidden Accordance); and Cultivating the Tao, a work by the Daoist master, Liu Yiming (1734-1821).

research interests

● Daoist thought and religion
● Daoist alchemy and traditions of self-cultivation
● Daoist views of the human being
● Daoism and divination


● International Consortium for Research in the Humanities: Research Associate