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Assistant Professor

Dr. Chan Shing Bun Benedict





 I. Education
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park

  • MA, Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park

  • BS, Economics and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 II. Career
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2015- Present 

  • Assistant Professor, Department of General Education, School of Humanities and Social Science, Hang Seng Management College, 2012- 2015 

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy and Program of Asian Studies, Tulane University, 2011- 2012

 III. Course Taught

- At HKBU:

  • Freedom in Modern Society
  • Human Rights in a Multicultural World

- At Other Universities:

  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Ethics
  • Global Politics
  • Human Rights and Ethics
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Philosophy: East & West
 IV. Research Interests

Social & Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind

 V. Publications

Selected Refereed Journal Articles/Book Chapters/Dissertation

  • Isaac Chun-Hai Fung, Jingxian Cai, Yi Hao, Yuchen Ying, Benedict Shing Bun Chan, Zion Tsz Ho Tse and King-Wa Fu.
  • “Global Handwashing Day 2012: a qualitative content analysis of Chinese social media reaction to a health promotion event,” Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal, 2015, 6(3). doi:10.5365/wpsar.2015.6.2.003
  • Benedict Shing Bun Chan. “Animal Ethics, International Animal Protection, and Confucianism: A Reply to Oscar Horta,” Global Policy Journal, vol. 6 (2015): 172-175  . doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12194
  • Benedict Shing Bun Chan. “A Human Rights Debate on Physical Security, Political Liberty, and the Confucian Tradition,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Volume 13, Issue 4 (2014): 567-588. doi: 0.1007/s11712-014-9403-0  
  •  Benedict Shing Bun Chan. “From Christianity, John Rawls, to G.A. Cohen: An Introduction to Political Left and Egalitarianism,” in Christianity and the Debates in Contemporary Society—Morality, Politics, and the “Religious Right,” eds. Kwan Kai-Man & Choi Chi-Sum (Hong Kong: Tien Dao Publishing House Ltd., 2012), 73-88 [Book Chapter. Written in Chinese]
  • Benedict Shing Bun Chan. An East and West Debate on Human Rights, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Maryland, May 2011 (Supervisor: Christopher Morris. Committee Members: David Crocker, Xiaorong Li, Dan Moller, and Karol Soltan)  
  • Benedict Shing Bun Chan. “From Locke’s Natural Rights to Nozick’s Minimal State,” in Religious Right, eds. Law Wing-sang & Kung Lap-Yan (Hong Kong: Dirty Press, 2010), 19-36 [Book Chapter. Written in Chinese]
  • Benedict Shing Bun Chan. Book Review of Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context, by Daniel Bell, Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, 35 (Fall 2008): 215-222 [Written in Chinese]
  • Benedict Shing Bun Chan. “Is Economics Irrelevant to Moral Philosophy?” in Economic Life and Christian Ethics, ed. Cheung Kwok-Tung (Hong Kong: FES Press, 2006), 113-130 [Book Chapter. Written in Chinese]

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Human Dignity and the Universality of Human Rights: A Debate in Confucianism and the Capability Approach,” in the 9th International Conference of Applied Ethics, Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University, Japan, Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014
  • “Comparing Utilitarianism, Feminism, and Confucianism in Animal Ethics,” in the 2nd Conference on Contemporary Philosophy in East Asia, Kyoto University, Japan, August 28-29, 2014
  • “How Does the Capability Approach Contribute to the Debate Between Confucianism and Liberalism on Human Rights?” Group Session in American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Baltimore, U.S.A., December 27-30, 2013
  • “An East and West Debate on Torture and Animal Rights,” Group Session in American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America, Baltimore, U.S.A., December 27-30, 2013
  • “Capability Approach, Confucianism and Human Rights—A Philosophical Analysis of Human Development in East Asia” (Poster Presentation), in Change, Continuity and Diversity: Perspectives on Sustainability for Asia, Inaugural Conference on Human Development in Asia, Hiroshima, Japan, August 6-8, 2013
  • “Do Economic Rights Really Conflict with Liberal Rights?—An East and West Cultural Debate,” in Harmony & Conflict: From Embodied Emotions to Global Realms, Join Meeting of the Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy and the Australasian Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy, National University of Singapore, July 8 to 10, 2013
  • “Are Civil and Political Rights Universal Rights? An East Asian Challenge and Reply,” 8th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A., April 13-15, 2012
  • “Are Human Rights Universal or Relative to Different Cultures? – A Minimal Account of Human Rights,” 2012 Philosophy Symposium, Department of English, Classics, and Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A., March 30-31, 2012
  • “An East and West Debate on Political Rights and Civil Rights,” Group Session in American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy, Boston, U.S.A., December 30, 2011
  • “An East and West Debate on the Cultural Justification of Human Rights,” Beijing International Conference on Human Rights, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, October 15-17, 2010
  • “Confucianism and Human Rights,” The Contemporary Significance of Confucianism: Implications for Harmonious Society, Sustainable Development, and World Peace, Asian Division, Library of Congress, and Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland, U.S.A., January 24-25, 2008
  • “Is Synaesthesia a Counterexample to Representationalism?,” Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and MIND Association, University of Bristol, U.K., July 8 -10, 2007
  • “Putting Synaesthesia into Representational Theories of Consciousness,” Conference on Analytical Philosophy, Soochow University, Taiwan R.O.C., June 20-23, 2007
 VI. Selected Research Grant/Award/Professional Service
  • Applied Ethics in Social Media and Public Health, College Research Fund, Hang Seng Management College, 2014-2015
  • Travel Grant Award from Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University, Japan, to the 9th International Conference of Applied Ethics, Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014
  • Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities, Tulane University, 2011-2013 (I accepted the fellowship in 2011-2012 but rejected it in 2012-2013)
  • Jacob K Goldhaber Travel Grant Award, Graduate School, University of Maryland, 2007
  • Committee Member, Hong Kong Society of Humanistic Philosophy, 2001-Present

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