MANG, Fan-lun, Franz

Assistant Professor

B.A. (CUHK), M.Phil. (HKU), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Brief Biography

My research interests lie mainly in social and political philosophy, ethics, and comparative political theory. I received my D.Phil. (i.e., Ph.D.) in political philosophy from Oxford University in 2017, where I studied at St Antony’s College as a Swire Scholar on a fully-funded scholarship (thanks to the Swire Educational Trust). I obtained my B.A. in philosophy and M.Phil. in politics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong respectively.

Many of my publications are available at ‘PhilPeople‘. If you can’t access any of my publications, please email me.

Besides research, I am interested in movies, literature, singing, and catching up with friends.

Research Interests

  1. Social and Political Philosophy
  2. Comparative Philosophy
  3. Ethics

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. ‘Perfectionism, Public Reason, and Excellences’. Analysis.

Forthcoming. ‘Confucianism and Public Political Discussion’. Comparative Political Theory.

Forthcoming. ‘Perfectionism, Political Justification, and Confucianism’. In James Dominic Rooney and Patrick Zoll (Eds.), Freedom and the Good: Beyond Classical Liberalism, Routledge.

2022. ‘Perfectionism’. In William R. Thompson (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press. (Online) (Co-authored with Joseph Chan.)

2021. ‘State Perfectionism and the Importance of Confucianism for East Asia’s Future Development’. Philosophical Forum, 52 (1): 5-16.

2020. ‘Political Meritocracy and Its Betrayal’. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 46 (9): 1113-1126.

2020. ‘Is Popular Sovereignty a Useful Myth?’ In Melissa S. Williams (Ed.), Deparochializing Political Theory, Cambridge University Press, 149-173. (Co-authored with Joseph Chan.)

2019. ‘Why Public Reason Could Not Be Too Modest: The Case of Public Reason Confucianism’. Journal of Social Philosophy, 50 (2): 163-176.

2018. ‘Confucianism, Perfectionism, and Liberal Society’. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 17 (1): 29-49.

2017. ‘Public Reason Can Be Reasonably Rejected’. Social Theory and Practice, 43 (2): 343-367.

2013. ‘Liberal Neutrality and Moderate Perfectionism’. Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal, and Social Philosophy, 19 (4): 297-315. (The winner of the 8th Res Publica Postgraduate Essay Prize, awarded by The Association for Social and Political Philosophy [ASPP].)