ZHONG Zheqi (鐘喆琦)

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My name is Zheqi. I am currently pursuing my PhD in law at City University of Hong Kong. I earned my LLB in civil law and BEng in construction management from Tianjin University. After that, I obtained my LLM in common law from National University of Singapore. I have been admitted to the bar in Mainland China.

I primarily work on moral, political and legal philosophy, as well as their relevance to epistemology and criticial theory.

My dissertation relies on an established view in epistemology: be them external or internal to our mind, there are no luminous conditions for us, whenever it obtains, we are in a position to know it obtains (Williamson 2000). What are its implications for jurisprudence or social philosophy in general? Plainly, there are three major concerns that emerge from such a picture: (1) I may not know my obligation; (2) I may not know my duty-bearer's obligation; and (3) The authority may not know the parties’ obligation. These problems can be presented in a way that would be of greater interest to lawyers: (1) One may not know her obligation; (2) One may not know her right; and (3) The authority may not know doing justice by exercising power. In both ways of presentation, nevertheless, they are very intuitively appealing.

Therefore, three fundamental notions in jurisprudence and ethics should be reconsidered in light of externalist epistemology: obligation, right and authority. My dissertation consists three essays dealing with them respectively. These three essays are around a core view: right or justice, understood by mainstream liberals, in Rawlsian (Rawls 1971) or Nozickian (Nozick 1974) sense, is socially constructed and modally fragile, rather than objective and modally robust, due to our bounded reflection.

My more pragmatic-oriented interests cover homosexual marriage and nationalism.

I hope my work can contribute to figuring out some effective ways to promote freedom and equality, not only in substantive right and obligation of social institution, but also in our understanding of ourselves as socialized ones.

I appreciate two sentences by Karl Marx, from Theses on Feuerbach:

(1) In its reality it [the essence of (hu)man] is the ensemble of the social relations;

(2) The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.

Research Interests/Areas

Legal Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Moral Philosophy; Epistemology; Criticial Theory

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