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In Memoriam: Professor Sumner Barnes Twiss, Jr.

28 Jun 2023
Centre for Applied Ethics Others
In Memoriam: Professor Sumner Barnes Twiss, Jr.
In Memoriam: Professor Sumner Barnes Twiss, Jr.

The Centre for Applied Ethics at Hong Kong Baptist University mourns the loss of our esteemed research fellow, Professor Sumner Barnes Twiss, Jr. (Barney), who passed away on May 22, 2023. Professor Twiss was a highly respected scholar in the field of religious and philosophical ethics, with a particular focus on Chinese war ethics, human rights, and comparative religious ethics. He co-edited a seminal book on Chinese just war ethics with our previous director, which examines the development of Chinese just war ethics from ancient times to the present day, and explores the ways in which Chinese traditions of thought can contribute to contemporary debates on just war theory. This book was published in 2015 and has since become a well-regarded contribution to the field. Professor Twiss was also working on a forthcoming edited volume on a similar topic, entitled "Warfare Ethics in Comparative Perspective: China and the West," co-editing with our previous director and our current director.

We extend our deepest condolences to Professor Twiss's family and friends. We are grateful for his contributions to our Centre and to the field of ethics, and we will honor his memory by continuing to pursue the values and principles that he held so dear.

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