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Dr. HARRIS, Eirik Lang


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My first exposure to philosophy came as an undergraduate PPE (Philosophy, Politics, & Economics) major. I was drawn first into ethics and political philosophy as I looked for answers to the questions I had about how I should live my life – both as an individual and as a member of a broader community. I initially entered graduate school to more deeply examine these questions from within the Western framework, but over time became more and more interested in better understanding the various answers that a wide range of Chinese thinkers provided. This led me, after receiving an MA in philosophy, to get another MA in Asian Languages & Cultures and then spend a year each at Tsinghua University in Beijing and National Taiwan University in Taipei. This was followed by my return to a philosophy department, where I received my PhD for a dissertation examining the appropriate role that morality should play in the political sphere and focused on the ideas of Xunzi 荀子 and Han Feizi 韓非子.

I have published numerous articles and book chapters on Chinese and comparative philosophy, and recently published a book with Columbia University press on the little known Chinese thinker Shen Dao 慎到, entitled, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation. I’m currently finishing a book on Han Feizi’s political philosophy.

My teaching interests include Chinese and comparative philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of religion. I am also particularly interested in the ways in which critical thinking and reasoning can be applied to students’ lives in areas far from philosophy, and my GE courses focus on providing my student with a toolkit of allowing them to be think and reason more clearly in all areas of their lives.

Before moving to Baptist U, I taught at Santa Clara University in California, Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and CityU, here in Hong Kong.


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