Human Nature: Good or Evil?

Forum Host: Prof. Huang Yong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Speakers: Prof. Ng Kai-chiu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Yao Zhihua, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. LIU Xiaogan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Date: 7 May 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: M3017, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong
Language: Putonghua and Cantonese
All are welcome. No registration required.


What is human nature? Philosophers, theologians, and scientists, ancient and modern, Western and Chinese, have presented divergent and colorful theories and doctrines. This Forum features three scholars to introduce and discuss this issue from the perspectives of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism respectively. In addition, findings in contemporary psychology will be introduced, to have a dialogue among different perspectives and to advance our knowledge on the topic.


Prof. Huang Yong, Ph.D in Philosophy (Fudan University) and Th.D in Religious Studies (Harvard University), is currently a professor of philosophy of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, after teaching at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania for 17 years. A former president of Association of Chinese Philosophers in American and a co-director of the University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies at Columbia University,

Prof. Ng Kai-chiu (PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009) is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy of CUHK (since 2011). He teaches a series of Chinese philosophy courses and some general education courses including “Outline of Chinese Culture” and “Freedom and Destiny”. He was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award and the Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education in 2012.

Prof. Yao Zhihua, BA, MPhil (Peking), MTS (Weston), PhD (Boston). Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover Buddhist philosophy, Indian philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of mind.

Prof. LIU Xiaogan, receiving his PhD from Peking University in 1985, is the founding and honorary director of the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also taught and conducted research at Peking University, National University of Singapore, also at Harvard, Princeton, PSR, and CST in the US.