Professor Joseph C. W. CHAN 陳祖為
(On leave 2013 - 2014)

Professor: Joseph Chan was educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSocSc), the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc), and the University of Oxford (DPhil). He teaches political theory and researches in the areas of Confucian political philosophy, contemporary liberalism and perfectionism, human rights, and civil society. His articles have appeared in various journals, including China Quarterly, Ethics, History of Political Thought, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Journal of Democracy, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and Philosophy East and West. He serves on the editorial boards of Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, and Representation. Joseph was a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University in 1999-2000, head of the department of Politics and Public Administration from 2002-2004 and 2011-2013, and founding director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences from 2003-2009. He is chairman of the University’s Common Core Curriculum Committee and a member of the University's Steering Committee on the four-year undergraduate curriculum.

  • Phone: 3917 8361
  • Office: C949

Selected Publications

  • Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times (Princeton: Princeton University Press, January 2014), 272 pp.
  • “Political Meritocracy and Meritorious Rule: A Confucian Perspective,” in Daniel A. Bell and Chenyang Li eds. The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 31-54.
  • Joseph Chan and Elton Chan, “Confucianism and Political Leadership,” in Paul‘t Hart and R.A.W. Rhodes eds. Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2013)
  • “Political Authority and Perfectionism: A Response to Quong,” Philosophy and Public Issues, Vol.2, No.2 (Fall 2012): 31-41.
  • "On the Legitimacy of Confucian Constitutionalism," in Jiang Qing, A Confucian Order: How China’s Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future, edited by Daniel A. Bell and Ruiping Fan, translated by Edmund Ryden (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012), pp. 99-112
  • "Confucianism and Social Justice: Historical Setting," in Michael D. Palmer and Stanley M. Burgess eds. Companion to Religion and Social Justice (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012), pp. 77-92.
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan, "Social Cohesion in a Semi-Democracy: the Case of Hong Kong," in Paul Spoonley and Erin Tolley eds. Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012), pp. 215-235.
  • "Confucianism and Human Rights," in John Witte Jr. and M. Christian Green eds. Religion and Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 87-102.
  • "Concerns beyond the Family" American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 10, Issue 4 (Apr 2010): 82-84.
  • "Political Perfectionism," Mark Bevir (ed.) Encyclopedia of Political Theory (Sage, 2010).
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, "Social Auditing," Helmut Anheier & Stefan Toepler (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Civil Society (Arlington, VA: Springer, 2010), pp. 1384-1388.
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan, "Social Cohesion and Governance Problems in the Tung Chee-hwa Era," in Ming Sing ed. Politics and Government in Hong Kong: Crisis Under Chinese Sovereignty (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2009), pp. 85-111.
  • "Political Confucianism As a Modern Philosophy: Challenges and Obstacles," in Fan Ruiping ed. Confucian Society and the Revival of the Moral Tradition (Huadong Shifan University Press, 2008), pp. 31-42 (in Chinese). 范瑞平編,《儒家社會與道統復興-與蔣慶對話》『政治儒學作為一種現代學說所面臨的挑戰與困難』(上海:華東師範大學出版社).
  • "Is There a Confucian Perspective on Social Justice?" in Takashi Shogimen and Cary J. Nederman eds. Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia (Lanhan MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), pp. 261-277.
  • "Democracy and Meritocracy: Toward a Confucian Perspective," Journal of Chinese Philosophy Vol. 34, No.2 (2007): 179-193.
  • Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan, "The First Ten Years of HKSAR: Civil Society Comes of Age," The Asian Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 29, No.1 (2007): 77-99.
  • "Confucian Political Philosophy," in E. Craig (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Internet Version) (London: Routledge, 2006).
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, "Charting the State of Social Cohesion in Hong Kong," The China Quarterly (No. 187, September 2006): 635-658.
  • Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, "A Confused Public? Perceptions of Universal Suffrage and Functional Representation in Hong Kong," Asian Survey Vol. 46 No. 2 (2006): 257-274.
  • Joseph Chan, Benny To, and Elaine Chan, "Reconsidering Social Cohesion: Developing a Definition and Analytical Framework for Empirical Research," Social Indicators Research Vol.75, No. 2(2006):273-302
  • "Prendre en compte la diversite culturelle dans les droits de l'homme: Commentair," (" Accommodating Cultural Diversity Within Human Rights: A Comment") in Droits humains et Droit international: Fondements et Universalite ( France : UNESCO, 2006): 57-75).
  • "Exploring the Non-familial in Confucian Political Philosophy," in Hahm Chaihark and Daniel A. Bell, eds. The Politics of Affective Relations: East Asia and Beyond ( New York : Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), pp. 61-74.
  • "Giving Priority to the Worst Off: A Confucian Perspective on Social Welfare," Daniel Bell and Chaibong Hahm eds. Confucianism for the Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 236-253.
  • "Confucian Attitudes Toward Ethical Pluralism" in Richard Madsen and Tracy B. Strong eds. The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), pp. 129-153.
  • "Moral Autonomy, Civil Liberties, and Confucianism," Philosophy East and West, Vol. 52, No. 3 (July 2002), pp. 281-310.
  • with Man-to Leung eds. Political Theory in China (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2001), 396pp, in Chinese.
  • "Territorial Boundaries and Confucianism," in David Miller and Sohail Hashmi eds. Boundaries and Justice: Diverse Ethical Perspectives (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), pp. 89-111.
  • "Authority," Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought edited by Paul Barry Clarke and Joe Foweraker (London: Routledge, 2001).
  • "Thick and Thin Accounts of Human Rights: Lessons from the Asian Values Debate" in Michael Jacobsen and Ole Bruun eds. Human Rights and Asian Values: Contesting National Identities and Cultural Representations in Asia (Surrey: Curzon Press, 2000), pp. 59-74.
  • "Legitimacy, Unanimity, and Perfectionism," Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2000), pp. 5-43.
  • "A Confucian Perspective on Human Rights for Contemporary China ," in Joanne R. Bauer and Daniel A. Bell eds. The East Asian Challenge for Human Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp.212-237.
  • "Hong Kong, Singapore , and 'Asian Values': An Alternative View," Journal of Democracy, Vol. 8, No.2 (1997), pp.35-48.
  • "Raz on Liberal Rights and Common Goods," Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 15, No.1 (1995), pp. 15-31.
  • "The Asian Challenge to Universal Human Rights: A Philosophical Perspective", in James T.H. Tang ed., Human Rights and International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region, (London: Pinter, 1995), pp.25-38.
  • "Does Aristotle's Political Theory Rest on a 'Blunder'?" History of Political Thought, Vol. XIII, No. 2, (1992), pp. 189-202.
  • Joseph Chan and David Miller, "Elster on Self-realization in Politics," Ethics, Vol. 102, No.1 (1991), pp. 96-102.