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Professor CHAN Joseph

BSS (CUHK), MSc (LSE), PhD (Oxford)
Associate Director


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Professor Joseph Chan received his bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He teaches political theory and his research focuses on Confucian political philosophy, contemporary liberalism and perfectionism, democratic theory, social cohesion and civil society. His articles have appeared in many journals, including Philosophy and Public Affairs, Ethics, History of Political Thought, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Democracy, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and The China Quarterly.

Joseph served as head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration between 2002 and 2004, and again from 2011 to 2013. He was founding director of the Centre from 2003 to 2009. He was deputy chairman and chairman of the University’s Common Core Curriculum Committee from 2007 to 2016, and an elected member of the University’s Council from 2015 to 2018.

Joseph was a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University from 1999 to 2000, and will be a Global Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University in the spring semesters of 2019, 2020, and 2021.




University of Oxford


London School of Economics and Political Science


Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences



Academic Career

2003-present The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Founding Director (2003–2009)

Associate Director (2009–Present)


2002-Present The University of Hong Kong
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Head (2002–2004, 2011–2013)


2000 Harvard University
Harvard-Yenching Institute
Visiting Scholar



Selected Publications

Joseph Chan, “Public Reason Confucianism without Foundation?” Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 50, No. 2 (2019): 134-144.

Joseph Chan and Franz Mang, “Is Popular Sovereignty a Useful Myth?” in Melissa Williams ed. Deparochializing Political Theory (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Joseph Chan and Elaine Chan, “Social Cohesion with Asian Characteristics? Conceptual and Methodological Reflections” in Bertelsmann Stiftung ed., What Holds Asian Societies Together? Insights from the Social Cohesion Radar (Gutersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2018), pp.149-168.

“Freedom, the Good, and China’s Moral Crisis,” Philosophy East and West, Vol.68, No.2 (2018): 583-589.

Elaine Chan and Joseph Chan, “Hong Kong 2007-2017: A Backlash in Civil Society,” Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017): 135-152.

“Confucian Perfectionism: A Response to Kim, Angle, Wong, Li, Chiu, and Ames,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. 67, No.1 (2017): 82-95.

Joseph Chan, Doh Shin, and Melissa Williams eds. East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 267pp.

Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014; Paperback, 2015, 272 pp. Chinese translation: 《儒家致善主義: 現代政治哲學重構》,周昭德、韓銳、陳永政譯,香港商務印書館,2016.

Melissa Williams, Joseph Chan, and Doh Shin, “Political Legitimacy in East Asia: Bridging Normative and Empirical Analysis,” in Joseph Chan, Doh Shin, and Melissa Williams, eds. East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp.1-24.

“Reply to Ci Jiwei,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 14, No. 4 (2015): 589-591.