Dr Karyn Lai is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Languages. Her primary research area is in early (pre-Qin) Confucian and Daoist philosophies. She specialises in comparative Chinese-western philosophical research, drawing insights from Chinese philosophies to engage in debates in areas including moral philosophy, environmental ethics, reasoning and argumentation, and epistemology. Her books include:
- Lai, K. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (2017, 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press)
- Lai, K., Benitez, R and Kim, HJ (eds.) Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy: Perspectives and Reverberations (2018, London: Bloomsbury Press).
- Lai, K. and Chiu, WW (eds.) Skill and Mastery: Philosophical Stories from the Zhuangzi, (forthcoming, 2019, London: Rowman and Littlefield International).
Karyn is editor of the Chinese Comparative Philosophy section, Philosophy Compass (Wiley-Blackwell), Co-editor of the Chinese philosophy section, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.