Centre for Applied Ethics

The Centre for Applied Ethics was formally inaugurated on 13 May 1992. It is the first of its kind to be established in China and one of the first in Asia. The development of ethical centres is urgently needed in Hong Kong as it is undergoing unprecedented rapid economic and socio-cultural changes. There is a real problem of ethical tension and disorientation. Although there are similar centres in Europe and North America, the results of their research are not always immediately useful to Asian societies in general and to Hong Kong in particular. At the same time, their social-ethical issues are not always the same as ours. The centre, while seeking to formulate ethical solutions on the basis of universal principles, will be culturally sensitive in its endeavors.

Missions

  • To stimulate critical thinking about fundamental ethical concerns in contemporary society
  • To raise awareness of moral values
  • To further strengthen the University’s commitment to research and whole-person education

On-going Research Programmes

  • Cross-Cultural Bioethics
  • Cross-Cultural Ethics of War and Peace
  • Confucian Ethics in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Major Publications

  • Pre-Qin Philosophers and Warfare Ethics (2016)
  • Chinese Just War Ethics: Origin, Development and Dissent (2015)
  • The Common Good: Chinese and American Perspectives (2013)
  • 《生命倫理學的中國哲學思考》(2013) / Bioethics: A Reflection from Traditional Chinese Philosophy (2013)
  • Focus Section on Just War in Classical Chinese Thought, Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 40, Issue 3 (September 2012), pp.404-446, 447-472 and 473-502 (all three essays in the Focus Section are authored by our Centre researchers).
  • Ritual and the Moral Life (2012)
  • International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine (1998 – present)

Major Activities

  • The Tenth Symposium on Chinese Bioethics from Philosophical/Religious Perspectives (2016)
  • Public lecture on “Designer Babies: Choosing Our Children’s Genes” (2015)
  • The Ninth Symposium on Chinese Bioethics from Philosophical/Religious Perspectives (2015)
  • Public Lecture on “Public Space, Public Awareness and Education on Public Ethics” (2015)
  • Conference on Early Chinese Thinkers and Warfare Ethics (2014)
  • The Eighth Symposium on Chinese Bioethics from Philosophical/Religious Perspectives (2014)
  • International Conference on Contemporary Military Ethics: A Chinese-Western Dialogue (2014)

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The Tenth Symposium on Chinese Bioethics from Philosophical/Religious Perspectives, 23-24 Jun 2016
Conference on Early Chinese Thinkers and Warfare Ethics, 12-13 Dec 2014
Public lecture on “Designer Babies: Choosing Our Children’s Genes”, 4 Dec 2015