Chan-Fai Cheung received his education in philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BA, MPhil) and at Freiburg University (Dr. phil.). His major research interests include phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger), the philosophy of love, death, and happiness, utopian thought, the idea of the university, theories of general education, and the philosophy of photography.
In 2012 he retired from the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he had worked as a professor and former chairman of the Department of Philosophy and as the director of the department of General Education, the Edwin Cheng Foundation Asian Centre for Phenomenology, the Research Centre for General Education, and the Leadership Development Program. Writing extensively in both English and Chinese, he is the author of four book-length monographs published in the course of the last decade: Another Place, Another Time (2018), Life, Love and Death (in Chinese, 2016), Earthscape (2013) and Kairos: Phenomenology and Photography (2009). He has held more than ten solo photography exhibitions in Hong Kong and abroad. He is also a regular radio presenter about culture and philosophy at Radio Television Hong Kong.