Research Postgraduate - Philosophy

Research Postgraduate - Philosophy

Philosophy
http://www.philosophy.hku.hk

Major Research Areas
Mind, knowledge and reality:
The School can offer supervision in selected topics in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, especially on consciousness, the philosophy of language, and also Chinese and comparative perspectives on mind and language. Other possible research topics include epistemology and metaphysics, the philosophy of logic and critical thinking.

Contact Persons
Dr J. Lau
Tel: 3917 2796
Fax: 2559 8452
Email: jyflau@hku.hk

Moral and political philosophy
The School has strong and broad expertise in the fields of moral and political philosophy. We can supervise work in the areas of meta-ethics, applied ethics, environmental ethics, Chinese ethics, and ancient and modern Western ethics. Past students have worked on topics ranging from Mencius and Aristotle to Scanlon and Deleuze. In the area of political philosophy, we can supervise students in topics including the ‘rule of law’ in ancient China, Rousseau and the social contract, social justice, and liberal theory, and on philosophers such as Aristotle, Marx, Nietzsche and Foucault.

Contact Persons
Professor T.E. O'Leary
Tel: 3917 2796
Fax: 2559 8452
Email: teoleary@hku.hk

History of philosophy
The School can offer supervision to students working in a wide range of topics in the history of philosophy. In Western philosophy we have special strengths in early-modern and contemporary European philosophy, including early-modern and Enlightenment thinkers (e.g. Rousseau) and post-Nietzschean French and German philosophy.

Contact Person
Dr G.A. Cook
Tel: 3917 2796
Fax: 2559 8452
Email: cookga@hkucc.hku.hk

Chinese philosophy
The School has a strong tradition in research and supervision of postgraduate work in Chinese philosophy, including schools of thought such as Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and Daoism, fields of study such as metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy, and major issues such as the place of Confucianism in the modern world. We also have strengths in the comparative study of Chinese and Western philosophy.

Contact Person
Dr C.J. Fraser
Tel: 3917 2796
Fax: 2559 8452
Email: fraser@hku.hk

Requirement
MPhil - The research proposal for the MPhil should be 3-4 pages double-spaced. It should set out the field in which you want to work (e.g. political philosophy), the specific topic you intend to pursue in it (e.g. global justice), and why you consider the topic interesting and significant. A good proposal will show that the applicant is acquaintaned with the essential literature on the topic (e.g. John Rawls, Charles Beitz, and Thomas Pogge on global justice) and has a sense of interesting research questions. It should include a brief bibliography (about 1 page double-spaced).

PhD - The research proposal for the PhD should be 4-5 pages double-spaced. It should set out the field in which you want to work, the specific topic you intend to pursue, why the topic is significant and how it promises to be original research. A good proposal will show that the applicant has extensive up-to-date knowledge of research on the topic, is well acquainted with the essential literature in the field, and has a clear sense of what the interesting questions are and where research on them might lead. It should include a brief bibliography (about 2 pages double-spaced).

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor
Dr D.P. McCarthy
Tel: 3917 2796
Fax: 2559 8452
Email: mccarthy@hku.hk

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