Dr Jack K.C. CHUN
Interim Director



Office: A501a/A528
Email: jack.chun@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: 2766 7955
Fax: 2765 6774
My research areas cover comparative philosophies (esp. Kant and Modern Confucianism), applied ethics (esp. life and death), creative thinking (available for consultancy) and general education (e.g. Great Books Program). My writings have been published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, McGraw-Hill, Springer and others. I am also interested in pedagogies and have developed 3 MOOCs on edX and a mobile app for teaching and learning ethics across the four faculties of the University.

Education

Ph.D. in Philosophy (Commonwealth scholarship)
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada

M.A. in Philosophy (Commonwealth scholarship)
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada

B.A. (First Class Honours) in Philosophy and English Literature
Philosophy Department & English Department, University of Hong Kong

Awards & Fellowships

  • Top Ten Most Popular MOOCs in November 2017, the Class Central, USA
  • Faculty/School Awards (2 times) Outstanding Performance/Achievement in Teaching (Team Teaching), Faculty of Humanities, PolyU
  • Nomination for the President’s Award in Teaching, PolyU
  • Honorary Assistant Professorship, University of Hong Kong
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Hong Kong
  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, Foreign Affairs Bureau, Canadian Government
  • Swire Scholarship, Swire College, University of Hong Kong
  • Charles and Lillian Moore Memorial Philosophy Award, Philosophy Department, University of Hong Kong

Subjects Designed & Delivered

    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking & Creativity
    Life and Death
    Aspects of Western Philosophy
    Science, Superstition and Society
    Adventures in Art
    Ways of Chinese Wisdom
    Chinese Studies: Chinese Culture and Philosophy
    Chinese History, Philosophy and Culture
    Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism
    Invitation to Western Philosophical Thinking
    Human Relationships and the Cyber World
    Adventures in Social and Political Philosophy: How are we to live?
    Social Poverty in Developing Countries

Research Areas

      Modern western philosophy (esp. Kant and John Rawls)
      Contemporary Chinese philosophy (New Confucianism in the 20th century)
      Applied Ethics (esp. Life and Death)
      Critical and Creative thinking (Consultancy available)

Selected Consultancy & Funded Projects (HK$ 5million+)

  • Cornell-VinUniversity Project
    QA Consultant on the Gen Ed Program
    On a new General Education Program of VinUniversity (Vietnam), in collaboration with Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania

  • MOOC on edX: Chinese Culture: Tradition, Transformation and Interactions
    Co-Principal Investigator
    In collaboration with the Department of Chinese Culture, Faculty of Humanities

  • Cross-faculties, Systematic Subject-based Enhancement of Ethical Attributes
    Principal Investigator
    In collaboration with the Faculties of Construction and Environment, Health and Social Sciences and Applied Sciences and Textiles

  • MOOC on edX: Life and Death
    Principal Investigator
    In collaboration with the Department of Nursing of PolyU, Department of History and Cultural Studies/Seminar of East Asian Studies of Free University of Berlin, Germany, and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science of Duke University, USA

  • Interactive Online Hub for GEC International Summer School Courses
    Principal Investigator
    Enhancement project on Internationalization at Home (IAH) in collaboration with AS

  • Augmented Reality Project for History and Culture
    Co-Investigator
    In collaboration with CBS & EDC of PolyU

  • Creative Thinking for Managers and above
    Consultant (with workshops conducted)
    Smartone-Vodafone, Hong Kong

  • Thinking and Learning
    Project Proposer and Coordinator
    In-service training for Secondary School teachers in collaboration with CDI, Education and Manpower Bureau, HKSAR Government

Invited Talks & Conference Papers

  1. Jack Chun. “From Sandel to Aristotle: Where to cut the line in gene-editing for nature?” Conference on Responsibility and Disruption: Developing Ethical Frameworks for Human Research and Advanced Technologies. General Education Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 7 September 2019.

  2. Jack Chun. “Kant’s Theories of Judgment”. American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 20 April 2019.

  3. Jack Chun. “Feng Youlan: Between Confucianism and Daoism”. American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 19 April 2019.

  4. Jack Chun. “On the (non-)transcendental nature of Kant’s moral philosophy”. Hong Kong Kant Society and Hong Kong Baptist University. 8 December 2018.

  5. Jack Chun. “Confucius interpreted by a Confucian: Feng Youlan’s interpretations of the Analects”. 2018 Biennial Conference on the Chinese Classics and the Commentarial Traditions in East Asia. Organized by the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures, hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. 14 -17 October 2018.

  6. Jack Chun. “John Mill on the Death Penalty”. Conference in honour of Professor C. L. Ten. Organized by the Department of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 12-13 October 2018.

  7. Jack Chun. “NE New Territories: A Tug of War in Land Development – What can we learn from John Rawls?” Conference on Land Justice and Social Values, co-organized by the General Education Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 20 August 2018.

  8. Jack Chun. “Daodejing as a Core Text in the World Books Program”. Conference on the Global General Education and Asian Texts.” Co-organized by New York University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Liberal Arts Institute of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, conducted in Concordia University, Irvine, USA. 12-14 July 2018.

  9. Jack Chun. “Two types of killings in Kant”. American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division). San Diego. 28-31 March 2018.

  10. Jack Chun. “NE New Territories: A Tug of War in Land Development.” Workshop on Land Justice and Social Values, organized by the General Education Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Education University of Hong Kong, 3 January 2018.

  11. Jack Chun. “An experiment by Mou Zongsan: Modernization of classical Chinese thought”. International Conference on the Relevance of the Classics on the Conditions of Modernity: humanity and science, co-organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Faculty of Humanities, Department of Chinese Culture and General Education Centre) and Freie Universität Berlin. 5-7 October 2017.

  12. Jack Chun. “University collaboration through MOOC”. Roundtable workshop on the relevance of classics to the modern world. Organized by the Freie University of Berlin, Germany. 1-3 Mar 2017.

  13. Jack Chun. “University collaboration through MOOC”. Under the promotional talk series on FH. Vienna University, Austria. 6 Mar 2017.

  14. Jack Chun. “Should we teach the subject Critical Thinking in General Education as a Philosophy subject?” Conference on the challenge and solutions to the general education in the university education of Hong Kong. Organized by the General Education Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 28 April 2017.

  15. Jack Chun. “The Constructal Law as a scientific revolution”. Constructal Law and Second Law Conference: CLC 2017. Organized by the Romanian Academy. Bucharest, Romania. 15-16 May 2017.

  16. Jack Chun. “Life and death as general education from university campus to MOOC”. Poster Presentation. 2017 Institute on General Education cum Teacher and Student Conference. Organized by the Institute on General Education, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 27-30, June 2017.

  17. Jack Chun. “Human dignity and genetic enhancement”. International conference on the ethics of genetic engineering. Jointly organized by the Centre for Bioethics and the Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 21-22 July 2016.

  18. Jack Chun. “Intuition and Transcendental Idealism”. The second Kant in Asia international conference: Intuition East & West. Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Kant Society and the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University. 17-20 Dec 2016.

  19. Jack Chun. “Meanings of Dying Well”. Dying Well: Physician-assisted Suicide, Voluntary Euthanasia, and Advance Directives. The Centre for Bioethics. CUHK. Dec 2015.

  20. Jack Chun. “Cultivation of Critical Thinking through Philosophy”. Workshop on What Can Philosophy Teach Us about Teaching (and Research)? Round Table Teaching of the PolyU Community of Practice. Oct 2015.

  21. Jack Chun. “Modelling Leadership Development”. Annual Symposium on Management and Social Sciences. Osaka, Japan August 2015.

  22. Jack Chun. “Western Philosophy: From the Ancient Greek to the Modern Trends”. Invited Talk in a Special Workshop on Comparative Culture commissioned by the Former Chief Executive (Mr Tung Chee-Wah) for CEO’s. SPACE, HKU. 10 Oct 2014.

  23. Jack Chun. “Integrities and Leaderships?” Mini-Symposium on Integrity and Leadership. GEC, PolyU. 19 Sep 2014.

  24. Jack Chun. “Critical Thinking and General Education: Where’s the Philosophical Link?” Conference on Critical Thinking: Teaching and Learning. Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2010.

  25. Jack Chun. “Humanity and Disability: A Commentary on “Human Nature and Disability”. International Workshop on “Human Nature and Bioethics”. Governance in Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong and Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences. James Martin 21st Century School. Faculty of Philosophy. Oxford University. 2007

  26. Jack Chun. “Poverty, Death and Dying,” Symposium on Applied Ethics. Associacao de Filososfia da China Macau. Macau. 2000.

  27. Jack Chun. “Thinking and Being”. 2nd Symposium on Analytic and Chinese Philosophy. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Souzhou, PRC. 2000.

  28. Jack Chun. “Jialiang's theory of mind/body”. Symposium on Jialiang and the Western Philosophy. Associacao de Filososfia da China Macau. Macau. 1999.

  29. Jack Chun. “The Synthesis of analytic and non-analytic philosophies”. 1st Symposium on Analytic and Chinese Philosophy. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Souzhou, PRC. 1999.

  30. Jack Chun. "Transcendental Arguments”. Departmental Staff Seminar. Philosophy Department. University of Hong Kong. 1997.

  31. Jack Chun. "Kant's Transcendental Deduction: Philosophical Nonsense or Insight?” Departmental Staff Seminar. Philosophy Department. University of Hong Kong. 1995.

Publications

Books

  1. Jack Chun. Being Philosophical: Invitation to Philosophical Thinking. Singapore: McGraw-Hill. 2011.

  2. Jack Chun & Heiner Roetz (edited). Integrity & Leadership (forthcoming in 2020)

  3. Jack Chun & Ole Doering (edited). Relevance of the Classics on the Conditions of Modernity (forthcoming in 2020)

  4. Jack Chun. Life and Death. Singapore: McGraw-Hill (in progress)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  1. Jack Chun. “An experiment by Mou Zongsan: Modernization of classical Chinese thought”. Relevance of the Classics on the Conditions of Modernity, Edited by Jack Chun and Ole Doering. [forthcoming by Springer, 2020]

  2. Jack Chun. “A Rawlsian Model of Land Justice for Hong Kong: Controversy on the Development of North New Territories”. Land and Housing Controversies in Hong Kong - Perspectives of Justice and Social Values. Series of Governance and Citizenship in Asia. Edited by Betty Yung and Yu Kam-por. [forthcoming by Springer, 2020]

  3. Jack Chun. “Intuition and Existence: How Intuition Helps Construct and Disrupt Transcendental Idealism.” Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism. Edited by Stephen Palmquist. New York and London: Routledge, 2018.

  4. Jack Chun. “World Poverty: What has it to do with me?” Ethics for Life. Edited by Francis Mok, Kam Por Yu and Ho Mun Chan. Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Limited, 2018.

  5. Jack Chun. “The genesis of the constructal law as a scientific revolution”. Special Issue, Proceedings of the Romanian Academy. The Publishing House of the Romanian Academy. 2018.

  6. Jack Chun. “Suicide”. General Education of Social Ethics. Edited by Francis Mok, Kam Por Yu and Ho Mun Chan, Oxford University Press. pp. 75-9. 2012.

  7. Jack Chun. “Whistle-blowing”. General Education of Social Ethics. Edited by Francis Mok, Kam Por Yu and Ho Mun Chan. Oxford University Press. pp. 133-5. 2012.

  8. Jack Chun. “Social Networking”. General Education of Social Ethics. Edited by Francis Mok, Kam Por Yu and Ho Mun Chan. Oxford University Press. pp. 148-151. 2012.

  9. Jack Chun. “Integrity”. General Education of Social Ethics. Edited by Francis Mok, Kam Por Yu and Ho Mun Chan. Oxford University Press. pp. 155-7. 2012.

  10. Jack Chun. “Introducing the Thought of the Strategist: SunTzu’s Dialectical Strategies”. Ways of Autonomy in Chinese Civilization. Edited by Yeung Kwok Wing et al. Hong Kong: Infolink Publishing Ltd. pp. 214-234. 2008.

  11. Jack Chun. “Meanings behind Idleness”. Journal of the Philosophy Society. Vol. 23. pp. 49-68. 2004.

  12. Jack Chun. “Multiple Intelligences: Research Directions and Implementation Models”. http://cd.ed.gov.hk/tech/course/intelligences.PDF. 2002.

  13. Jack Chun. “Jialiang's Theory of Mind/body”. HaoJiang Philosophical Papers. Edited by Cen Qing Qi. He Bei University Press. pp. 430-437. 2002.

  14. Jack Chun. “Poverty, Death and Duty”. HaoJiang Philosophical Papers. Edited by Cen Qing Qi. He Bei University Press. pp. 318-324. 2002.

  15. Jack Chun. “Power of Politics and Reasonableness in Policy Study: On Some Methodological Problems with the Harvard Team Report”. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Vol. 24. No. 6. pp. 591- 606. 1999.

  16. Jack Chun. "From the Thought of Happiness”. Journal of the Philosophy Society. Vol. 20. pp. 46-52. 1998.

  17. Jack Chun. "Two Ideas of One Material World”. Journal of the Philosophy Society. Vol. 19. pp. 34-45. 1997.

Current & former Administrative Posts

    Interim Director, General Education Centre
    Associate Director, General Education Centre
    Chairperson, Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee, GEC
    Chairperson, Programme Quality Assurance Committee, GEC
    Sub-committee member, Committee for General University Requirement, PolyU
    Ex-officio member, Committee of General University Requirement, PolyU
    Advisor, PolyU Chinese Debate Team

Selected Professional Services

Reviewer, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Springer-LINK

Reviewer, Journal of INSCRIBE, ELC, PolyU

External Examiner, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.

Panel Member, Philosophy Division. 4-Year Programme Review Panel for Associate Degree Programmes, the Community College, Lingnan University

Invited Speaker, Talk Series on Cultures, commissioned by the Tung Chee Hwa, former Chief Executive of HKSAR Government

Consultant on Gen Ed Program, Vin-University (Cornell-Vin Project)

Consultant (Creative thinking for Managers and above), Smartone-Vodafone, Hong Kong

Chief Examiner, Liberal Studies (AS – Science, Technology and Society) Moderation Committee, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

Vice-Chairman, Subject Committee, Liberal Studies (AS), Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

 
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