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Professor KIM, Sungmoon
BA Yonsei, MA AKS, PhD Maryland
Professor / Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies)

Sungmoon Kim received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park and taught previously at the University of Richmond. He was a Berggruen fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (2016-17) and currently is a director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at CityU.

Kim's research interests include democratic and constitutional theory, comparative political theory, Confucianism, and history of East Asian political thought and his essays have appeared in the journals such as American Political Science ReviewJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political Science, Constellations, Contemporary Political TheoryCritical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyHistory of Political ThoughtJournal of the History of IdeasPhilosophy East and WestPhilosophy & Social Criticism, and The Review of Politics among others. Kim is the author of Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018). He also (co-)edited three books.

Office: YEUNG-B7519
Phone: +852 3442 8274
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Email: sungmkim@cityu.edu.hk
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“A Confucian Case for Equal Membership for Foreign Domestic Workers,” Global Policy (forthcoming; online first view available from the journal’s web page)
Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)
“Contingency and Responsibility in Confucian Political Theory,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 44:6 (2018), pp. 615-636.
“Confucian Nation? A Perfectionist Justification in a Pluralist Society,” in Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia, eds. Sungmoon Kim and Hsin-wen Lee (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 82-102.
“Fred Dallmayr’s Postmodern Vision of Confucian Democracy: A Critical Examination,” Asian Philosophy 28:1 (2018), pp. 35-54.
“Confucian Humanitarian Intervention? Toward Democratic Theory,” Review of Politics 79:2 (2017), pp. 187-213.
“Pragmatic Confucian Democracy: Rethinking the Value of Democracy in East Asia,” Journal of Politics 79:1 (2017), pp. 237-249.
“Confucian Authority, Political Right, and Democracy,” Philosophy East and West 67:1 (2017), pp. 3-14.
Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
“Civil Society and Democratic Pluralism: Benjamin Barber’s Strong Democracy Revisited,” in Strong Democracy in Crisis: Promise or Peril?, ed. Trevor Norris (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016), pp. 173-192.
“Abating Contingency: Michael Oakeshott’s Political Pluralism,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 42:3 (2016), pp. 267-288.
“Beyond a Disciplinary Society: Reimagining Confucian Democracy in South Korea,” in Confucianism, a Habit of the Heart: Bellah, Civil Religion, and East Asia, eds. Philip J. Ivanhoe and Sungmoon Kim (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016), pp. 113-138.
“Achieving the Way: Confucian Virtue Politics and the Problem of Dirty Hands,” Philosophy East and West 66:1 (2016), pp. 152-176.
“Oakeshott and Confucian Constitutionalism,” in Michael Oakeshott’s Cold War Liberalism, ed. Terry Nardin (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 153-170.
“Civil Confucianism in South Korea: Liberal Rights, Confucian Reasoning, and Gender Equality,” in Confucianism, Law, and Democracy in Contemporary Korea, ed. Sungmoon Kim (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2015), pp. 105-124.
“Public Reason Confucianism: A Construction,” American Political Science Review 109:1 (2015), pp. 187-200.
“Civil Society under Authoritarian Rule: Bansanghoe and Extraordinary Everydayness in Korean Neighborhoods,” Korea Journal 55:1 (2015), pp. 59-85. (with Jungmin Seo)
“John Dewey and Confucian Democracy: Towards Common Citizenship,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 22:1 (2015), pp. 31-43.
“Confucianism, Moral Equality, and Human Rights: A Mencian Perspective,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 74:1 (2015), pp. 149-185.
Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014)