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.

I have published articles in Social Theory and Practice, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal, and Social Philosophy, among other peer-reviewed journals. Most of my publications can be found at “PhilPeople“.

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

  1. Mang, Franz (2021). ‘State Perfectionism and the Importance of Confucianism for East Asia’s Future Development’. Philosophical Forum, 52 (1): 5-16.
  2. Mang, Franz (2020). ‘Political Meritocracy and Its Betrayal’. Philosophy and Social Criticism 46 (9): 1113-1126.
  3. Chan, Joseph and Mang, Franz (2020). ‘Is Popular Sovereignty a Useful Myth?’ In Deparochializing Political Theory, ed. Melissa S. Williams, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 149-173.
  4. Mang, Franz (2018). ‘Confucianism, Perfectionism, and Liberal Society’. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 17 (1): 29-49.
  5. Mang, Franz (2017). ‘Public Reason Can Be Reasonably Rejected’. Social Theory and Practice, 43 (2): 343-367.
  6. Mang, Franz (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] as the best essay in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and applied ethics submitted to the competition.)