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political philosophy
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20092023

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王邦華

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor of the Department of Religion and Philosophy of the Hong Kong Baptist University. I am also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Applied Ethics of Hong Kong Baptist University. I worked at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong before, and was a Junior Research Fellow in the University of Essex. Under the direction of Prof. Chandran Kukathas and Prof. Paul Kelly, I completed my PhD in Government at London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

My research interests are in the areas of Anglo-American political philosophy (in particular public justification and liberal neutrality) and comparative philosophy (in particular Confucianism). My works appeared (and will appear) in Journal of Applied Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Religious Ethics, Critical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyPhilosophiaPhilosophical ForumSocial Theory and PracticeRes Publica, Public Reason, Journal of Moral Philosophy and Philosophical Quarterly. I also organized the Oxford Symposium in Comparative Political Philosophy, and was invited to deliver talks in the University of Pittsburgh, the City University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong. I write essays in non-academic venues occasionally. 

Research Interests

My research project is two-folded. One is on political philosophy, and another is on Chinese philosophy. Two projects are both about my core research question: how constitutional democracy can be stable in an era of political polarization. In the first project, I defend the Rawlsian conception of public reason and argue that public reason is the key for citizens who endorse different conceptions of justice to develop a relationship of mutual trust. In the second project, I argue that Confucianism, a traditional ethical doctrine that is influential in East Asia, should reject perfectionism in the political domain and endorse a conception of liberal neutrality. The true contribution of Confucianism is not to propose a meritocratic-perfectionist theory of state, but rather to provide a code of etiquette that maintains the civility of the public sphere in a polarized society.   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Bachelor in Business Administration (Economics), Chinese University of Hong Kong

PhD, PhD in Government , The London School of Economics and Political Science

Taught Post-Graduate, PgCert in Higher Education , The London School of Economics and Political Science

Master, MA in Political Philosophy, University of York

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