The Contributors

Chan-fai Cheung holds a Dr. phil in philosophy from Freiburg University in Germany. After returning to Hong Kong, he taught at Hong Kong Baptist University before being recruited by his old alma mater, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he currently serves as Professor and Chairman in the Department of Philosophy and as Director of the Office of University General Education. His research has long focused on phenomenology, especially the philosophy of Husserl and Heidegger, but also includes the history of Western philosophy, the philosophies of love, death, and happiness, as well as utopian thought. Among his publications are three book-length monographs in Chinese (1995, 1996, and 2003) as well as a number of articles in English and Chinese. Together with David Carr he co-edited the volume Space, Time, and Culture (Kluwer, 2004).
Ole Döring studied philosophy and sinology in Tübingen und Göttingen (M.A., Dr. phil.) with a special focus on bioethics in China and cross-cultural understanding. Since 1996, he has conducted several pioneering research projects in bioethics, in Bochum as a member of the team “Kulturübergreifende Bioethik,” funded by the German Research Foundation, and in Hamburg, where he is a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies. He teaches at different German and Chinese universities, has published widely and serves as a consultant in international bioethics for government, industry, and stake holder organizations. Presently, he is a core member of the European-Chinese FP6-consortium BIONET.
Georges Enderle is John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of International Business Ethics at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, and a former President of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (2001-2004). Educated in Philosophy (Munich), Theology (Lyon), Economics (Fribourg), and Business Ethics (St. Gallen), he has extensive research and teaching experiences in Europe, the United States, and China and is the author or editor of 18 books, including Developing Business Ethics in China (2006), Business Students Focus on Ethics (2000), International Business Ethics (1999), Handlungsorientierte Wirtschaftsethik (1993), and Lexikon der Wirtschaftsethik (1993).

Robert Gascoigne is a professor in the School of Theology at Australian Catholic University, based in Sydney. After completing a D. Phil. at Oxford University, he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Seminar für christliche Weltanschauung und Religionsphilosophie in the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Munich, which was renewed some years later at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Tübingen.   His publications include Religion, Rationality and Community: Sacred and Secular in the Thought of Hegel and his Critics (Martinus Nijhoff, 1985), The Public Forum and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2001) and Freedom and Purpose: An Introduction to Christian Ethics (Paulist Press, 2004).  He is a past president of the Australian Catholic Theological Association.   

Daryl Koehn holds the Cullen Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She founded the Online Journal of Ethics and served as president of the Society for Business Ethics. Her books (translated into many languages) include The Ground of Professional Ethics (1994); Rethinking Feminist Ethics: Care, Trust, and Empathy (1998); Local Insights, Global Ethics for Business (2001); Corporate Governance: Ethics Across the Board; Trust: Barriers and Bridges (2003); and The Nature of Evil (2005). In addition to scores of journal articles, Professor Koehn regularly publishes in business newspapers and journals, including the Harvard Business Review.

Tze-wan Kwan is Professor and formerly chairman of the Department of Philosophy as well as founding director of the Research Centre for Humanities Computing and of the Archive for Phenomenology and Contemporary Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Dr. phil. degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, with the dissertation Die hermeneutische Phänomenologie und das tautologische Denken Heideggers (Bonn: Bouvier, 1982) and has since published three books in Chinese, most recently Articulation-cum-Silence: In Search of a Philosophy of Orientation (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2008). Kwan also authored in Chinese, English, or German some 80 articles or book chapters on Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Jakobson, Benveniste, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Unamuno and various thematic issues. He has translated and annotated Ernst Cassirer’s Zur Logik der Kulturwissenschaften and a collection of essays by Richard Kroner into Chinese, and co-edited the collected works of Chung-Hwan Chen and Sze-Kwang Lao. His team for humanities computing has implemented numerous web pages, e-texts, lexical tools, thematic databases, etc.

Kwok-ying Lau, born and educated in Hong Kong, received his PhD in Philosophy (University of Paris I, 1993) with the dissertation “Merleau-Ponty ou la tension entre Husserl et Heidegger.” Currently Professor and Director of the MA Program at the Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he is the founding editor-in-chief since 2004 of the Journal of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (in Chinese), and Associate Director of the Edwin Cheng Foundation Asian Centre for Phenomenology, as well as of the Research Institute for Humanities, CUHK. His three publications in Chinese include Selected Readings of Kant, Philosopher of Perpetual Peace (1999); in English he has co-edited the volumes Husserl’s Logical Investigations in the New Century: Western and Chinese Perspectives (2007) and Identity and Alterity: Phenomenology and Cultural Traditions (forthcoming). He has also authored some 50 articles written in Chinese, English and French on Phenomenology, Contemporary French Philosophy, Postmodernism and Intercultural understanding.

Eva Kit-wah Man received her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in comparative philosophy. She is currently the Head of Humanities and Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her academic research areas include Comparative Aesthetics, Neo-Confucian Philosophy, Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies. She has published numerous articles in refereed journal and five academic books in Philosophy and Aesthetics. She is also writing columns for Hong Kong Chinese newspapers and hosting cultural programs for Radio Television Hong Kong. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California at Berkley, U.S., and is now a life fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.

Peter Fumiaki Momose SJ, born 1940 in Tokyo, studied philosophy in Tokyo (Licentiate 1967) and theology in Frankfurt, Tübingen and Munich (Th.D. 1977). From 1977 to 2001 he was professor of dogmatic theology at Sophia University, Tokyo, and from 2001 to 2007, lecturer of dogmatic theology at Loyola School of Theology, Manila. His publications include Kreuzestheologie. Auseinandersetzung mit Jürgen Moltmann (Freiburg: Herder, 1978); Kirisutokyo to wa Nanika [Japanese translation of Karl Rahner’s Grundkurs des Glaubens], 1981; Iesu Kirisuto wo Manabu [Study of Jesus Christ. Christology from Below], Tokyo 1986; Kiristutokyo no Genten [The Origin of Christianity], Narashino 2003; Kirisutokyo no Honshitsu to Tenkai [The Essence and Unfolding of Christianity], Narashino 2004.

Peter Neuner, born 1941 in Munich, studied Catholic theology and philosophy in Munich and Freising and was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He initially taught in Munich University’s Institute for Ecumenical Theology, gaining his Dr. theol. in 1976 and his habilitation in 1978. After five years as professor of fundamental theology at Passau University, he returned to Munich University in 1985, where he was called to the chair for dogmatics at the Institute of Catholic Theology. Besides that he has served, since 2000 and  until his retirement in 2006, as director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research. His list of publications includes nine book-length monographs: Religiöse Erfahrung und geschichtliche Offenbarung (1977), Religion zwischen Kirche und Mystik (1977), Doellinger als Theologe der Oekumene (1979), Kleines Handbuch der Ökumene (1984), Der Laie und das Gottesvolk (1988), Geeint im Leben – getrennt im Bekenntnis? (1989), Stationen einer Kirchenspaltung (1990), Ökumenische Theologie (1997), and Die heilige Kirche der sündigen Christen (2002).

Jing-bao Nie, BMed, MMed, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand, and adjunct/visiting professor in several Chinese universities. He is the author of Behind the Silence: Chinese Voices on Abortion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), a forthcoming book on Chinese medical ethics in dialogue with the West (Georgetown University Press), and over seventy journal articles and book chapters on bioethics and the history of medicine. One of his current two major research projects is on Japanese wartime medical atrocities, the other on the ideology and ethics of China’s birth control program.

Rudolf Post, born 1944 in Bad Salzschlirf, studied Catholic theology, philosophy, as well as German and general linguistics at Fulda and Mainz. With a PhD in German studies, he started working at the German Seminar of Mainz University, where he was entrusted with the Mainz Academy of Sciences’ project “Dictionary of the Dialect of the Palatinate.” Having completed this work to the letter Z, he moved in 1998 to Freiburg University, where he has since been the director of the working group “Dictionary of the Dialect of Baden” as well as a lecturer in German linguistics. His publications, beyond volumes 4-6 of the “Pfälzisches Wörterbuch” and volume 4 of the “Badisches Wörterbuch,” include numerous articles as well as twelve books on characteristic terms, Roman and Jewish loan words, and poetry and song in West Middle German dialects (

Stephan P. Rothlin SJ, born in Zurich, Switzerland, studied philosophy, sociology, theology and ethics in various cities in Europe. Having completed his PhD, he taught business ethics at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics of the University of Zurich between 1992 and 1998. In 1998 he moved to Beijing, where he has since been teaching business ethics at the  business schools of various universities. In 2004 he co-founded in Beijing, China, the Center for International Business Ethics at the University of International Business and Economics, where he currently serves as Secretary General. His main research interest is the development of business ethics in the Chinese and Indian contexts. He is a guest professor of International Business Ethics at the Faculty of Economics and Business at Hong Kong University and at the INSEAD in Singapore.

Maureen Sie was born in 1966 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She is currently an assistant professor of meta-ethics in the department of philosophy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Her research concerns questions of meta-ethics and theories of moral responsibility. Her recent publications include: “The Real Challenge to Free Will and Responsibility” (with Arno Wouters), in: Trends in Cognitive Science (2007), Justifying Blame. Why Free Will Matters and Why it Does Not (Rodopi, 2005), “Ordinary Wrongdoing and Responsibility Worth Wanting,” in: European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 1/2 (2005), “Freedom and Blameworthiness,” in: Ton van den Beld, ed., Moral Responsibility and Ontology (2000), and “Mad, Bad, or Disagreeing? On Moral Competence and Responsibility,” in: Philosophical Explorations 3 (2001). Together with Marc Slors and Bert van den Brink, she has co-edited the volume Reasons of Onés Own  (Ashgate UK, 2004).

Michael Sievernich SJ was born in 1945 in Arnsburg (Hesse). He joined the Society of Jesus, studied philosophy in Munich and theology in Frankfurt, and received his doctorate in theology at the University of Münster (Westphalia). He was a visiting scholar in the United States and in Latin America and, later, a visiting professor at universities in Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Having taught Practical Theology since 1988 at the Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, where he also served as  rector from 1996 to 2000, he is now a Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Mainz, Germany, as well as being Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology. His numerous publications include ten books and 150 articles on theological, pastoral, intercultural, and ethical topics.

Kajornpat Tangyin was born in Lopburi, Thailand. He received his BA in philosophy from Saengtham College (1994) and his MA and Ph.D., also in philosophy, from Assumption University of Thailand in 1999 and 2007 respectively. He is currently a full-time lecturer at Assumption University’s Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion, teaching History of Western Philosophy and History of Eastern Philosophy. He also serves as Managing Editor of the journal Praja Vihara (Temple of Wisdom). His publications include Ilya Prigogine’s Perspective on Nature: A Critical and Creative Analysis (1999) and “Reading Levinas on Ethics as First Philosophy,” Journal of the Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand 2/1 (2007).

Elizabeth Telfer studied Classics, Ancient History, and Philosophy at Oxford University. She taught Classics at a girls’ school for two years before returning to Oxford to take a B. Phil. in Philosophy. In 1963 she was appointed to the Philosophy Department at the University of Glasgow, where she taught until her retirement in 2001. She has published several books: Respect for Persons (with R. S. Downie, 1969), Education and Personal Relationships: A Philosophical Study (with R. S. Downie and Eileen M. Loudfoot, 1974), Caring and Curing: A Philosophy of Medicine and Social Work (with R. S. Downie, 1980), Happiness: An Examination of a Hedonistic and a Eudaemonistic Concept of Happiness (1980), and Food for Thought (1996). She has also published a number of papers on moral philosophy topics.

Reiner Wimmer, born in 1939 in Korschenbroich (Lower Rhine District), studied philosophy, psychology, and Catholic theology in Munich, Heidelberg, Oxford, and Konstanz (Dr. phil. 1979, Dr. phil. habil. 1988). From 1988 until his retirement in 2005 he was professor of philosophy at the University of Tübingen, teaching particularly in the fields of practical philosophy and ethics. His publications include Universalisierung in der Ethik: Analyse, Kritik und Rekonstruktion ethischer Rationalitätssansprüche (1980), Kants kritische Religionsphilosophie (1990), Vier jüdische Philosophinnen: Rosa Luxemburg, Edith Stein, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt (1990), Søren Kierkegaard: Werke der Liebe. Auswahlübersetzung mit Einleitung und Kommentar (2004), Religionsphilosophische Studien in lebenspraktischer Absicht (2005), and Simone Weil interkulturell gelesen (2007). 

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