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Assistant Professor

Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit
School of Clinical M
edicine  |  LKS Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hon
g Kong

I'm an ethicist and philosopher based at the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit in the School of Clinical Medicine at The University of Hong Kong. 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. I'm currently working on a project on forgiveness funded by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. 


I absolutely enjoy teaching. I recently developed a new course for HKU's Common Core curriculum on the ethics of human relationships, as viewed through different scales and cross-cultural perspectives (this one is fun, check it out on the teaching page). I taught the Life Worth Living course for four years prior to that. 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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