Kwong-loi Shun [home page]
Office: Moses 242
Office hours: F 4:00-6:00
Courses for Spring 2018: Moral Psychology
(B. Phil., University of Oxford; Ph.D., Stanford University). Kwong-loi Shun specializes in Chinese philosophy and moral psychology. His current research is a five-volume work on Confucian thought. The first volume, Mencius and Early Chinese Thought, was published in 1997, and a manuscript of the second volume, Zhu Xi and Later Confucian Thought, is under revision. The third volume, From Philology to Philosophy, discusses methodological issues in transitioning from philological studies to philosophical studies, and is close to completion. The fourth and fifth volumes, On Self and Self-Transformation and A Study in Confucian Moral Psychology, jointly provide a comprehensive study of Confucian moral psychology, the former being primarily philological and the latter primarily philosophical.
He started teaching at Berkeley in 1986, and was Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Undergraduate Division in the College of Letters & Science when he left Berkeley in 2004. Before returning to Berkeley in 2014, he was Head of New Asia College (founded by Confucian scholars Qian Mu and Tang Junyi to promote Chinese culture) and Sin Wai Kin Professor of Chinese Culture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, in addition to teaching regular courses on Chinese philosophy and moral psychology, he devotes most of his time to the philosophical study of Confucian thought. He is also deeply interested in undergraduate education, and has published on liberal education in the U.S. and Confucian learning. He is currently President of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), and will deliver the presidential address “On the Idea of ‘No Self’” at its 2018 annual meeting.