Epistemology enlarged: knowledge as practice in Chinese and Western philosophy

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What is it to know? How does having or possessing knowledge enhance action? Different traditions might answer these questions differently. This project in comparative and systematic epistemology examines the nature of knowledge in the Chinese and Western philosophical traditions. For example, does Western philosophy lean toward studying the possession of knowledge, with the Chinese being more focused on knowledge as practice? If so, how does this impact on the way each tradition thinks about human learning, conduct and achievement? The project aims to improve our understanding of knowledge and practice by engaging these historically and geopolitically important traditions of thought.

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree with a major in philosophy. Familiarity with key questions in epistemology and the Chinese philosophical traditions is essential. He or she will have high-level analytical skills including: the ability to conceptualise complex ideas and theories; a capacity to work with both primary and secondary texts and to assess their ideas; and the ability to position one’s own view within the background of scholarly research. The ideal candidate must be able to read classical Chinese texts from the pre-Qin (pre-3rd c BCE) period. Applications from candidates also familiar with Han period texts (between 3rd c BCE and 3rd c CE) are particularly welcome.

Supervisory team
Karyn
Lai

Arts & Social Sciences
Humanities and Languages
Stephen
Hetherington

Arts & Social Sciences
Humanities and Languages
Yong
Huang

Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Philosophy
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