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.) 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 them, please email me.

Besides research, I like movies, literature, singing, and catching up with friends.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

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

2023. ‘Perfectionism, Public Reason, and Excellences’. Analysis, 83 (3): 627-639.

2023. ‘Confucianism and Public Political Discussion’. Comparative Political Theory, 3 (2): 154-168.

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 Essay Prize, awarded by The Association for Social and Political Philosophy [ASPP].)

Public talks (selections):

‘Freedom for a person’s life’ (「自由對於人的一生」) – a talk given at Hong Kong Reader Bookstore in March 2023. The event was organized by Hok Sik (學識

‘Political apathy and collective memory’ (「政治冷感與集體回憶」) – a paper presented for a symposium at Lingnan University in March 2023. The symposium was co-organized by three philosophy societies of Lingnan University, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong respectively.

‘How could studying and working make one happy?’ (「返工返學點會快樂?」) – a talk given at Hong Kong Central Library in December 2018. The event was co-organized by Hong Kong Practical Philosophy Society and Hong Kong Central Library.