Research Projects and Publications in CUHK- Philosophy

Research Projects

  • Chinese Character Frequency: Hong Kong, Mainland China & Taiwan - A Trans-regional, Diachronic Survey

  • KWAN Tze Wan, HO Hsiu Hwang (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research)
    1 June 1999
    CUHK Departmental Funding

    The foundation work of the present project was first carried out by the .Human Cognition Program. of the Research Institute for the Humanities, between 1992 and 1998 under the leadership of Professor Ho Hsiu-hwang. In 1998, a series of research reports (altogether 14 in number), including some statistical tables and various trans-regional and diachronic comparison charts, were compiled for private circulation (one set of these charts can now be found in the Chinese University library). In early 2001 when Professor Ho was about to retire, members of the .Humanities Computing and Methodology Programme. proposed to Professor Ho the plan of reprocessing and repackaging of the findings of his original project with up-to-date information technology (such as Perl, PHP, MySQL etc.) so that these valuable findings can be made known to a wider public through the World Wild Web. This proposal gained the permission and full support of Professor Ho.
    Frequency surveys of Chinese characters have been carried out in Mainland China and Taiwan for many times, bringing contributions to foundation education in the respective regions. In Hong Kong, however, this kind of research has never been undertaken to any reasonably large scale (excluding vocabulary frequency). The present project stands out therefore as an epoch-making one in this area. Furthermore, in terms of research methodology, the original project suggested the comparative concepts of .trans-regionality. and .diachronism., which are extremely innovative and useful in Character Frequency Research. In the process of reprocessing and repackaging old materials, the current PI introduced further methodological concepts such as .frequency disparities. (trans-regional freq. disp.; progressive and retrogressive freg. disp.) and .file entrance rate. etc., the aim of which is to bring the .trans-regional. and .dischronic. nature of the original project to full expression. URL: (AL98470)

  • The Formation of the Idea of the Modern Chinese University: A Historical and Philosophical Research

  • CHEUNG Chan Fai, FAN Guangxin#
    1 April 2006
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This is a pilot project for a full scale historical and philosophical research on the formation, development and evolution of the Idea of the Modern University in Cultural China (Chinese Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong). The University as a cultural institution has been introduced to China for more than one century. There is an urgent need to research and reflect on the idea of Chinese university, which will benefit reforms of Chinese universities and our rethinking of the role of modern intellectuals. Unfortunately, a comprehensive and profound work on this subject is still lacking. Current scholarships are generally lack of sufficient historical and philosophical analysis. Our proposed research seeks to fill the gap by probing into the very origin of the idea of Chinese university and then tracing its development until 1949. Archives, popular publications and writings by prominent educators will be scrutinized in order to carry out in depth investigations into the government policy, social expectation and headmasters. concerns so as to gain a whole picture on this subject. For this pilot project, we will focus on two questions: First, how did the idea of Western University disseminate among Chinese and how it was translated into "daxue" (大學)? Second, how was the idea of the University initially implemented during the founding era of early Chinese universities? By searching answers of the two questions, we are able to deepen our understanding on the idea of Chinese university in its formation era. (ED05745)

  • Informal Logic and Fallacies in the Chinese Context: A Study Regarding the Introduction of Liberal Studies as a Core Subject in Hong Kong’s Secondary Schools

  • LAU Chong Fuk, WONG Kai Yee
    1 March 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The project intends to examine a series of representative articles in Chinese from selected sources covering topics relevant to the new Liberal Studies Curriculum. Based on a critical analysis of the arguments contained in the articles, a database for the evaluation of fallacies and exemplary good arguments found in the articles will be set up. The project has the following objectives:
    1. The extensive research on arguments in the Chinese context will help reflect on the specific cultural-linguistic conditions that may lead Chinese language speakers to commit distinctive types of fallacies. It will deepen our understanding of the “informal logic” in the Chinese context.
    2. The analysis will take the taxonomy proposed by Lee as a basic framework, but it aims at developing a more comprehensive scheme under a communicative-pragmatic framework.
    3. A database for the collection and evaluation of fallacies and exemplary good arguments will be set up. (If further funding can be secured, the database will be extended to become a web-based resource platform for the cultivation of critical thinking, serving both teachers and students at the senior secondary and tertiary level.) (AL06479)

  • An Internet Resources Project for Chinese Education

  • KWAN Tze Wan
    1 September 2004
    Quality Education Fund, HKSAR Government

    This project is a continuation of the earlier QEF-funded project on “Biliteracy & Trilingualism: An Internet Support Project”, which was completed in 2002 with outstanding results. This current project will focus on the production of a host of web-driven tools and databases dedicated to the fostering of Chinese language education. Important components of the project will include a series of web pages on the practical use of Chinese idioms, and another series of web pages on Frequency Counts of Modern Chinese Words and Comparison Charts of such words across different Chinese speaking communities (Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) and across different chronological phases (Sixties of the twentieth century versus contemporary age etc.) Owing to the totally unexpected popularity of products of the above mentioned predecessor project (QEF 1998/5073), some of its outputs need to be further updated so that they will remain to be competitive and be integrated with the new products of the current project. All in all, the project assumes for itself the solemn task to provide the educational sector of Hong Kong with a useful and practical platform of electronic tools to facilitate Chinese language education, by making use of the latest IT technologies. (AL04903)

Research Publications

  • CHEUNG Chan Fai. "Happiness in Hong Kong: A Social Survey." (co-authored with Cheung Chan Fai and Wan Shirley Po San) Paper presented in the Conference on Happiness and Suffering, Office of University General Education, Department of Social Work, 25 March 2004.

  • CHEUNG Chan Fai. "Introducing Classics Back to General Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong." Paper presented in the International Conference on General Education and Core Curriculum, organized by Heyman Center for the Humanities & Committee for Asia and Middle East, Columbia University, United States of America, 19 Jan 2008

  • HO Hsiu-Hwang and KWAN Tze-Wan. "Hong Kong, Mainland China & Taiwan: Chinese Character Frequency - A Trans-Regional, Diachronic Survey".Published Over the WWW. (URL= 2001.05.30.

  • LAU Kwok Ying. "Brief History and Present State of Philosophical Education and Research in Hong Kong". Paper presented in the Workshop "Constructing a Philosophers’ Network in Asia" at the "International Symposium: Redefining Philosophy in the 21st Century", organized by the Center of Philosophy, University of Tokyo, 4 pgs. Tokyo, Japan, 2003.03.12.

  • 張燦輝:《人文與通識》,香港:突破出版社,1995.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LC1024.H6 C4 1995; CC LC1024.H6 C4 1995; CC Reserve 4 hours LC1024.H6 C4 1995)

  • 張燦輝:《公與私:人權與公民社會的發展》與文思慧合編,香港:香港人文科學出版社:中華書局發行,1995
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL JF801 .K85 1995; UL HK Studies JF801 .K85 1995)

  • 張燦輝:《在求真的道路上:賀沈宣仁敎授七秩之慶》與黎志添、劉國英合編,香港:中華書局(香港)有限公司,2003
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LB2301 .Z66 2001; CC LB2301 .Z66 2001; NA General Education LB2301 .Z66 2001)

  • 張燦輝:〈香港人的幸福觀〉與尹寶珊合著,《社會發展的趨勢與挑戰:香港與台灣的經驗》, 劉兆佳、尹寶珊、李明堃、黃紹倫編,香港:香港中文大學香港亞太研究所,2006,頁115-137
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HN752.7 S48 2006; UL HK Studies HN752.7 S48 2006; CUTW-Book Collection (Restricted to CUTW users only) HN752.7 S48 2006)

  • 張燦輝:《將上下而求索:給明慧的二十封信》與周兆祥合著,香港 : 基督教文藝出版社, 2005.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads BJ1668.C5 C525 1982; UL HK Studies BJ1668.C5 C525 1982)

  • 張燦輝:《將上下而求索:給明慧的二十封信》與周兆祥合著,香港:山邊社,1982
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads BJ1668.C5 C525 1982; UL HK Studies BJ1668.C5 C525 1982)

  • 張燦輝:《將上下而求索:給明慧的二十封信》與周兆祥合著,香港:平價書屋,1979
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads BJ1668.C5 C525 1982; UL HK Studies BJ1668.C5 C525 1982)

  • 張燦輝:《無涯理境:勞思光先生的學問與思想》與劉國英合編,香港:中文大學出版社,2003
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL B5234.L264 W75 2003; UL HK Studies B5234.L264 W75 2003; NA B5234.L264 W75 2003)

  • 張燦輝:《談香港哲學文化敎育 [錄音資料]》,香港:香港中華文化促進中心,1988
    (CUHK Library Call No: UC Audio Cassette L573.H7 C526 1988)
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