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Research Assistant Professor
The University of Hong Kong

I'm a philosopher based at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. I'm also a Research Fellow at HKU's Centre for Medical Ethics and Law. My research engages questions at the intersection of ethics, moral psychology, and the history of philosophy. My current work deals with the concept of moral character found in Immanuel Kant, including ideas around habit, moral worth, moral improvement, and sympathy. Some topics of further interest include forgiveness, human frailty, the moral dimensions of emotions like anger, shame, and awe, and the moral psychology of religion. From January 2023 I began a 24-month research grant on the philosophy of forgiveness, from the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. 


I absolutely enjoy teaching. I’m thrilled to teach the Life Worth Living course as part of the Common Core at the University of Hong Kong. And I'm currently teaching a new course on the ethics of relationships (see my teaching page, this one is fun!). Before coming to HKU I taught in philosophy departments at the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of Oxford. I also taught at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government and the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. In addition to my academic work, I’m a Senior Tutor at Wei Lun Hall at the University of Hong Kong.

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