Dr Kam-por Yu
Honorary Fellow

 

Office: A530 
Email: geykp@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: 2766 4590
Fax: 2765 6774


Yu Kam Por was the Director of the General Education Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2013-2018. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration of City University of Hong Kong before he moved to PolyU in 1999. He was elected Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the University of Edinburgh in 2004, and has been a Research Officer in the University of Hong Kong, a Senior Fellow in the Centre for European Integration Studies of Bonn University, Germany, and a Research Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health of Harvard University. He is also Scientific Associate of the Philosophy Chapter of SIGENET-Health, Sino-Germany Research Network on Public Health and Bioethics, an Advisory Editorial Board member of International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine, and an Advisory International Council member of the Centre for Bioethics & Emerging Technologies, St. Mary’s University, UK. His main area of interest is in ethics – including ethical theory and applied ethics, and especially Confucian ethics and bioethics. His recent publications include The Art of Rational Thinking (Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2017), Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy: The Dynamics of Social Values in the East-West Context of Hong Kong (Springer 2016), Social Ethics: An Introduction (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012), Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010), and a series of papers on the Confucian views on war, peace, harmony, civility, rights, toleration, education, and pluralistic values.



Recent publications (from 2009):

    Books
     
 
  1. Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Life Ethics (生活倫理學), Hong Kong: InfoLink, 2018, v+212 pp.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, The Art of Rational Thinking (理性思考的藝術), Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2017, vi + 246 pp.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, Logic as a Foundational Science (Second Edition), Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education, 2016, iii + 251 pp.
     
 
  1. Betty Yung and Yu Kam Por (eds.), Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy: The Dynamics of Social Values in the East-West Context of Hong Kong, Singapore: Springer, 2016, viii + 212 pp.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, Logic as a Foundational Science, Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014, iii + 180 pp.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, Xiaojing de dao yu li (The Hows and Whys of the Classic of Filial Piety), Hong Kong: InfoLink, 2013, iv + 116 pp.
     
 
  1. Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction (in Chinese), Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, xii + 330 pp.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, Luoji de Yishu (The Art of Logic, tr. from English into Chinese by Zhang Jianquan), Chongqing: Chongqing daxue chubanshe (Chongqing University Press), 2011, iii + 200 pp.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, Julia Tao and P. J. Ivanhoe (eds.), Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2010, vii + 225 pp. 
     
    Journal papers and book chapters
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “Two Conceptions of Tolerating in Confucian Thought”, in Vicki Spencer (ed.), Toleration in Comparative Perspective, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018, pp. 217-233.
     
 
  1. “What is the Problem of Welfare Inequality?” (in Chinese), in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Life Ethics (生活倫理學), Hong Kong: InfoLink, 2018, pp. 111-124.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “Philosophy of Education in Classical Confucianism: The Purpose and Method of Education and Their Theoretical and Practical Implications”, in Philip Higgs and Yusef Waghid (eds.), A Reader in Philosophy of Education, Cape Town, South Africa: Juta and Co. Ltd., 2017, pp. 152-168.
     
 
  1. “Harmony: Super Value or Multiple Values? A Review of Li Chenyang’s The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony”, in Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Springer Netherlands, Volume 15, Issue 3 (September 2016), pp. 421-426.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “Social Values, Public Policy, and Citizenship”, in Betty Yung and Yu Kam Por (eds.), Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy: The Dynamics of Social Values in the East-West Context of Hong Kong, Singapore: Springer, 2016, pp. 197-212.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “The Chinese Tradition of Filial Piety and the Confucian Philosophical Reconstructions”, Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung [BJOAF], Volume 38, München, Germany: IUDICIUM Verlag, 2015, pp. 145-160.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “The Confucian Alternative to the Individual-Oriented Model of Informed Consent: Family and Beyond”, in Ruiping Fan (ed.), Family-Oriented Informed Consent: East Asian and American Perspectives, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2015, pp. 93-106.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “The Confucian Vision of Peace”, in Takashi Shogimen and Vicki Spencer (eds.), Visions of Peace: The West and Asia, London: Ashgate, 2014, pp. 67-84.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “Self-cultivation, Family-regulation, and Lunli” (in Chinese), International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine, New York: Global Publications, Vol. 11, Issue 2, 2013, pp. 97-102.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por and Julia Tao, “Confucianism”, in Ruth Chadwick (ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Second Edition, 4 Vol. set), San Diego: Academic Press, 2012, Vol. 1, pp. 578-587.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “Filial Piety as a Path to Civility: The Confucian Project”, in Deborah S. Mower and Wade L. Robison (eds.), Civility in Politics and Education, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 119-131.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “He Ping: A Confucian Perspective”, in Wolfgang Dietrich, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Gustavo Esteva, Daniela Ingruber, and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 244-259.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “Confucian Views on War as seen in the Spring and Autumn Annals”, in Dao: A Journal in Comparative Philosophy, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, Volume 9, Number 1 (March 2010), 97-111.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “The Confucian Conception of Harmony”, in Julia Tao, Anthony Cheung, Martin Painter and Chenyang Li (eds.), Governance for Harmony in Asia and Beyond, London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 15-36.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “The Handling of Multiple Values in Confucian Ethics”, in Kam-por Yu, Julia Tao and P. J. Ivanhoe (eds.), Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2010, pp. 27-51.
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, Julia Tao and P. J. Ivanhoe, “Why Take Confucian Ethics Seriously?”, in Kam-por Yu, Julia Tao and P. J. Ivanhoe (eds.), Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2010, pp. 1-11. 
     
 
  1. Yu Kam Por, “The Inadequacy of the Rights Perspective: The Problem of Abortion as an Example” (in Chinese), International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine, New York: Global Publications, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2009, pp. 29-38.
     
    Translated works
     
 
  1. “Die Natur mit Verantwortung und Demut mäßigen: Humangenetik aus konfuzianischer Sicht”, Polylog: Forum für interkulturelle Philosophie, Vol. 6, translated by Tina Suchanek. (ISSN 1616-2943) [http://them.polylog.org/6/fyk-de.htm]
     
 
  1. “Aiqing xi shenmo?”, in Taoli Baohua and Yin Jingde (eds.), Shenghuo de yiyi, translated by Liu Zhao, Beijing: Zhongguo renmin daxue chubanshe, 2009, pp. 13-26.
     
 
  1. “Daode nengfou tuoli zongjiao er cunzai?”, in Taoli Baohua and Yin Jingde (eds.), Shenghuo de yiyi, translated by Liu Zhao, Beijing: Zhongguo renmin daxue chubanshe, 2009, pp. 140-149.
     
Conference presentations    
     
  1. “A Confucian Rejoinder to Yin/Yang and Empathy in Slote’s Sentimentalist Care Ethics”, paper presented in “International Conference: Slote Encountering Chinese Philosophy”, organized by Department of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16-17 March 2018.
     
  1. Zhongyong as an Ethical Method”, paper presented in “International Conference on the Relevance of the Classics Under the Conditions of Modernity: Humanity and Science”, organized by Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 5-7 October 2017.
     
  1. “A Confucian Critique of Family-based Ethics”, Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, City University of Hong Kong, 14 November 2016.
     
  1. “Confucian Pluralistic Values”, paper presented in China Workshop, organized by Ethics Institute, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, 10 October 2016.
     
  1. “Filial Piety and Healthcare for Old People”, paper presented in “Workshop on What We Owe to Older People: Who Should Provide Care and How Much Care Should They Provide”, Organized by Faculty of Medicine and Centre for Bioethics, CUHK, 12-13 November 2015.
     
  1. “Two Conceptions of Toleration in Confucian Thought”, paper presented in the Toleration in Comparative Perspective Symposium, organized by the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 20-21 August 2015.
     
  1. “Heaven-Human Relationship and Scope of Good and Harm: On Franklin Perkins’s Heaven and Earth are Not Humane”, paper presented in the 19th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 21-24 July 2015.
     
  1. “Su Shi as a Neo-Confucian Political Philosopher: Human Nature and Human Sentiments as the Basis of Human Morality and Good Governance”, paper presented in the ANZAMEM 2015 Conference, University of Queensland, 14-18 July 2015.
     
  1. “Harmony: Super Value or Multiple Value - On Chenyang Li’s Confucian Philosophy of Harmony”, paper presented in International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Session 1, American Philosophical Association 2015 Pacific Division Meeting, Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada, 1-4 April 2015.
     
  1. “Justice and Utility: Principles for Recruiting and Retaining Academic Staff”, paper presented in the International Conference on Teachers and School Administrators: Demand-Supply and Monitoring Policies”, organized by the University of Malaya, and sponsored by University of Malaya Consultancy Unit, in Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 10-12 June 2013.
     
  1. “Core Values, Pluralistic Values, and Endangered Values”, paper presented in the Invited Symposium on Core Values, Human Rights and Rule of Law, jointly organized by the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong, 1-2 February 2013.
     
  1. “The Individual-oriented Model of Informed Consent and the Confucian Alternative: Family and Beyond”, paper presented in the international conference “The Family-Oriented Informed Consent: East Asian and American Perspectives on a Cardinal Moral Practice”, held at City University of Hong Kong, 13-14 December 2012.
     
  1. “Salient Features of Confucian Ethics and Their Implications for Biomedical Issues”, paper presented in the 2012 International Conference on Biomedical Ethics and East Asian Confucian Traditions, organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Ethics, Law and Society in Biomedicine and Technology, National Taiwan University, held at the College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, 23-24 March 2012.
     
  1. “The Confucian Views on Revenge”, paper presented in the First Global Conference on Revenge, organized by Interdisciplinary Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, 15-17 July 2010.
     
  1. “Confucian Vision of Peace”, plenary speech given in the International Symposium “Visions of Peace: The West and Asia”, sponsored by The Japan Foundation and the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, held in the Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand, 10-12 December 2009.
     
  1. “Su Shi on the Psychological Basis of Morality”, paper presented in the Mini-Conference on Neo-Confucian Moral Psychology, American Philosophical Association 2009 Pacific Division Meeting, Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada, 8-12 April, 2009. 
     
Short Articles    
 
  1. Review of Paul R. Goldin, Confucianism (Acumen, 2011), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.09.03 (http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/25804-confucianism/)
     
 
  1. “Sexual Harassment”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 3-6.

  2. “Abortion”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 65-68.

  3. “Cloning”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 108-112.

  4. “Filial Piety”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 115-121.

  5. “Qingyi”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 128-132.

  6. “Benfen”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 136-141.

  7. “Love”, in Mok Ka Tung, Yu Kam Por, and Chan Ho Mun (eds.), Social Ethics: An Introduction, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 142-147.
 
Mottos  

 

     

(For research) 好而能知其惡, 惡而能知其美。 “Be able to see the demerits of the things you like, and the merits of the things you don’t like.” (The Great Learning)

(For teaching) 生而不有, 為而不恃, 長而不宰。 “Production without possession. Action without self-assertion. Development without domination.” (Laozi)

(For career) 不患莫己知, 求為可知也。 “Don’t worry not being recognized. Worry not being worthy of the recognition.” (The Analects)

(For administration) 所惡於上, 毋以使下; 所惡於下, 毋以事上。 Don’t do to your subordinates what you dislike from your superior. Don’t do to your superior what you dislike from your subordinates.” (The Great Learning)

     
     
 
   
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