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Dr. CHAN, Shing Bun Benedict

Associate Professor
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  • Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Director, Centre for Applied Ethics
  • Ph.D.,  University of Maryland, U.S.A.
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Maryland, U.S.A.
  • BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A.
Work Experience:
  • Tulane University, U.S.A.
  • Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
Courses Taught:
  • GCHC 1075 The Power of Ideas
  • GCVM 1017 Freedom in Modern Society
  • GCVM 1036 Human Rights in a Multicultural World
  • LSE 7010 Approaches to the Study of Values 
  • LSE 7140 Law, Liberty & Morality
  • RELI 2035 Introduction to Ethics
  • RELI 3045 Contemporary Ethical Problems: Hong Kong and Beyond
  • RELI 4006 Comparative Philosophy: East and West
  • RELI 4066 Ethics of Human Rights: Theories and Controversies
Teaching Areas:
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Philosophy of Human Rights
  • Political Philosophy: East and West
Research Areas:
  • Social and Political Philosophy; Applied Ethics and Moral Philosophy; Comparative Philosophy (Chinese and Western)
Current Projects:
  • Philosophical Investigation of the Ethics of Human Rights
  • Confucian Animal Ethics and Its Practical Application
  • Moral Issues of Public Health and Technology
Selected Outputs:
  • Chan, Benedict S. B. (2023). “Utilitarian Contingent Pacifism and Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.” Philosophia, 51(2), 635-657.
  • Chan, Benedict S. B. (2023). “East-West Dialogues on the Ethics of Sex Robots.” HEC Forum
  • Chan, Benedict S. B. and Chan, Victor C. M., eds, (2022). Whole Person Education in East Asian Universities: Perspectives from Philosophy and Beyond. London, U.K.: Routledge. 
  • Chan, Benedict S. B. (2020). “A Consequential Evaluation of a Christian Approach to International Human Rights." Ching Feng: A Journal on Christianity and Chinese Religion and Culture, 19 (1/2), 129-55.
  • Chan, Benedict S. B. (2019). A Preliminary Consequential Evaluation of the Roles of Cultures in Human Rights Debates. Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions, 8(1), 163-182. 


Selected Research Grants:
  • A Philosophical Investigation of the Ethics of Human Rights to Health, Early Career Scheme (ECS), Research Grants Council, HKD $200,000, 20172019, role: PI
  • Augmenting Physical Learning Spaces with Location-based Services Using iBeacon Technology for Engaging Learning Experiences, Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals, No. PolyU1/T&L/16-19, University Grants Committee, HKD $ 12,321,533 (HKBU’s Portion: $1,211,000), 20172020, Charles Man-sing WONG (PI), Benedict Shing Bun Chan (Co-I of the project; Project Leader of HKBU’s Portion)