CHIU Wai-wai

Assistant Professor

Career Profile

  • Ph.D. in philosophy with 4+ years teaching and research experience (at Aug 2017) in Chinese philosophy
  • Area of Specialization: pre-Qin Daoism and Mohism
  • Area of Competence: pre-Qin and Wei-Jin Chinese philosophy, normative ethics
  • Knowledge of both Chinese-speaking and English-speaking research fields of Chinese philosophy
  • Capable of using Putonghua, Cantonese or English as language of instruction

Education Background

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, The University of New South Wales (2009~2012)
  • M. Phil. in Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2006~2008)

Publications

  • Chiu, Wai wai. Forthcoming. “Zhuangzi’s Knowing-How and Skepticism.” Philosophy East and West.
  • ____. 2017. “Tension and Harmony: A Comment on Chenyang Li’s The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony.” Philosophy East and West 67 (1): 237-245.
  • ____. 2016. “Zhuangzi’s idea of ‘spirit’: acting and ‘thinging things’ without self-assertion.” Asian Philosophy 26 (1): 38-51.
  • ____. 2015. “Goblet Words and Indeterminacy.” Frontiers of Philosophy in China 10 (2): 255-272.
  • ____. 2014. “Assessment of li in the Mencius and the Mozi.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13(2): 199-214
  • Lai, Karyn and Chiu, Wai wai. 2013. “Ming in the Zhuangzi Neipian: Enlightened Engagement.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (3-4): 527-543.
  • Chiu, Wai wai. 2013. “Jian ai and the Mohist attack of early Confucianism.” Philosophy Compass 8 (5): 425-437.
  • Liu, Xiao gan and Munro, Donald J. Chiu, Wai wai trans. 2010. “Challenges and Arguments.” Journal of Chinese philosophy and Culture 8: 325-351.
  • Chiu, Wai wai. 2008. “In response to Professor Vincent Shen ‘Interpretation and English translation of Chinese philosophical text──using Qiwulun as an example’.” Journal of Chinese philosophy and Culture 4: 311-313.
  • ____. 2007. “The difference and similarity between Nothingness in the Daodejing and Emptiness in the Knowledge of the Middle Way.” Journal of Chinese philosophy and Culture 2: 324-341.

Book Reviews

  • Chiu, Wai wai. 2014. “Review of Chenyang Li, The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony.” Sophia 53(4): 579-580.

Conferences

  • Chiu, Wai wai. “Zhuangzi and anti-intellectualism.” Presented at the 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Singapore, 4-7 July 2017.
  • ____. “Zhuangzi’s knowing-how and skepticism.” Presented at 2nd Singapore-Hong Kong Symposium on Chinese Philosophy, Hong Kong, 29-30 Apr 2016; International Conference on the Contemporary Significance of Zhuangzi’s Philosophy, Taipei, 2-4 Oct 2015.
  • ____. “Filial piety in the Zhuangzi-‘let the parents forget you’.” Presented at the 19th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Hong Kong, 21-24 July 2015.
  • ____. “Zhuangzi’s Idea of Spirit and Nourishment of Life.” Presented at the 1st Singapore-Hong Kong Symposium on Chinese Philosophy, Singapore, 13-14 Mar 2015.
  • ____. “Zhuangzi’s idea of ‘spirit’: Self, thinging things and the nourishment of life.” Presented at Tunghai University Conference: Mind and Nature in Chinese Philosophy, 25-26 Apr 2014.
  • ____. “Zhuangzi and the Co-existence with Nature: Going Beyond a Human Perspective.” Presented at the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 2011 Annual Conference, Hawaii, 25-28 Mar 2011.
  • ____. “The Critique of Benefit in the Mencius and Mozi.” Presented at Tenth East-West Philosophers’ Conference, Hawaii, 16-24 Mar 2011.
  • ____. “Zhuangzi’s ‘Cheng Xin’ As a Challenge to the Correspondence Theory of Knowledge.” Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference 2010, Sydney, 4-9 July 2010.
  • ____. “A Critique of ‘Neutral’ Knowledge in the Zhuangzi.” Presented at APA Pacific Division 84th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 31 Mar – 3 Apr 2010.
  • ____. “A problem of translation in ‘Interpreting Chinese by Western Methodology’.” Presented at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Conference: Taoist Textual Interpretation: Historical Approach versus Self Expression International Conference, 19-21 Dec 2007.
  • ____. “A Cultural View with Philosophy in Its Centre.” Presented at Nanjing University Conference: Traditional Culture and Contemporary Civilization, 1-7 Sept 2007.

Research Work in Progress

  • Chiu, Wai wai. “Zhuangzi’s conception of knowledge.” Funded by General Research Fund and Early Career Scheme from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.
  • (with Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Asia Guzowska and Daniel Sarafinas) translation of Chen Guying’s Zhuangzi Jin Zhu Jin Yi 莊子今注今譯.

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (Aug 2014~)
  • Part-Time Lecturer , Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (May 2014~Jul 2014)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (Jan 2014~Jun 2014)
  • Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Sept 2013~Jan 2014)
  • Casual Lecturer, School of Humanities, The University of New South Wales (Feb 2012~July 2012)

Administrative Experience

  • Information Day Coordinator (2014~2017)
  • Department Seminar Coordinator (2014~2017)
  • MA in Practical Philosophy Programme Assistant Programme Director (2014~2015)
  • MA in Practical Philosophy Programme Programme Director (2015~)

Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award for Early Career Faculty (Lingnan University), Nov 2016

Community Services

  • HKDSE subject committee member (Liberal Studies), Oct 2014~