Karyn Lai

Associate Professor

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.

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    Publications

    Books
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    Lai K, 2017, An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, 2nd, Cambridge University Press,
    2017
    Lai KL, 2008, Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK,
    2008
    Lai KL, (ed.), 2007, New Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Chinese Philosophy, 1, Blackwell Publishers, Massachusetts, USA,
    2007
    Lai K, 2006, Learning from Chinese Philosophy: Ethics of Interdependent and Contextualised Self, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK
    2006
    Book Chapters
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    Lai K, 2018, 'Learning to be Reliable: Confucius' Analects', in Lai K; Benitez R; Kim HJ (ed.), Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy : Perspectives and Reverberations, edn. 1, Bloomsbury Publishing, London and NY, pp. 193 - 207,
    2018
    Lai K, 2018, 'Zhuangzi’s suggestiveness: Sceptical questions', in Hetherington (ed.), What makes a Philosopher Great?: Thirteen Arguments for Twelve Philosophers, Routledge, New York, pp. 30 - 47,
    2018
    2018, 'Learning to be Reliable: Confucius' Analects', in Lai K; Benitez R; Kim HJ (ed.), , Bloomsbury Publishing, London and NY, pp. 193 - 207
    2018
    Lai KL, 2016, 'Confucian Business Ethics: Reliability, Relationships, and Responsiveness', in Sison AJ G (ed.), Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, edn. 1, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 1 - 10,
    2016
    Lai K, 2016, 'Confucian reliability and epistemic agency: Engagements with feminist epistemology', in Modern Chinese Philosophy, pp. 101 - 126,
    2016
    Lai KL, 2016, 'Close Personal Relationships and the Situated Self: The Confucian Analects and Feminist Philosophy', in Pang-white A (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, edn. Bloomsbury Research Handbooks, Bloomsbury Publishing, London and New York, pp. 111 - 126,
    2016
    2016, 'Confucian Reliability and Epistemic Agency: Engagements with Feminist Epistemology', in Tan S; Foust M (ed.), Feminist Encounters with Confucius, Brill, Leiden, Boston, pp. 101 - 126,
    2016
    Lai KL, 2015, 'Cosmology, divinity and self-cultivation in Chinese thought', in Oppy G (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion, Routledge, pp. 93 - 113,
    2015
    Hetherington S; Lai KL, 2015, 'Knowing-How and Knowing-To', in Bruya B (ed.), The Philosophical Challenge from China, MIT Press, Massachusetts, pp. 279 - 302
    2015
    Lai KL, 2014, 'Dialogue and epistemological humility', in Seibt J; Garsdal J (ed.), How Is Global Dialogue Possible?, edn. Process Thought, vol 24, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 69 - 84,
    2014
    Lai KL, 2014, 'When good relationships are not enough for business: understanding character in Confucian ethics', in Li C; Ni P (ed.), Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character, State University of New York Press, Albany, New York, pp. 235 - 250,
    2014
    Lai KL, 2014, 'Ren 仁: An Exemplary Life', in Olberding A (ed.), Dao Companion to the Analects, edn. 1st, Springer, Heidelberg, New York, London, pp. 83 - 94,
    2014
    Lai K, 2014, 'Daoism and Confucianism', in Liu X (ed.), Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy, Springer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York, pp. 489 - 511,
    2014
    Lai K, 2013, 'Environmental concern: Can humans avoid being partial? Epistemological awareness in the Zhuangzi', in Meinert Carmen (ed.), Nature, Environment and Culture in East Asia: The Challenge of Climate Change, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 69 - 82,
    2013
    Lai KL, 2007, 'Understanding Change: the interdependent self in its environment', in Lai K (ed.), Journal of Chinese Philosophy, edn. SUPPL., Blackwell Publishers, Massachusetts, USA, pp. 81 - 99,
    2007
    Lai KL, 2003, 'Confucian Moral Cultivation: Some Parallels with Musical training', in Chong K-C; Tan S-H; Tan CL (ed.), The Moral Circle and the Self: Chinese and Western Approaches, edn. Original, Open Court, Chicago and La Salle, Illinois, pp. 107 - 139,
    2003
    Lai KL, 2001, 'Classical China', in Dale Jamieson (ed.), A Companion to Environmental Philosophy, Blackwell Publishers, USA, UK, pp. 21 - 36,
    2001
    Edited Books
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    Lai K; Chiu WW, (eds.), 2019, Skill and Mastery: Philosophical Stories from the Zhuangzi, 1st, London,
    2019
    Lai K; Benitez R; Kim HJ, (eds.), 2018, Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy: Perspectives and Reverberations, 1st, Bloomsbury, London,
    2018
    Journal articles
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    Lai K, 2019, 'Emotional Attachment and Its Limits: Mengzi, Gaozi and the Guodian Discussions', Frontiers of Philosophy in China, vol. 14, pp. 132 - 151,
    2019
    2019, 'Emotional Attachment and Its Limits: Mengzi, Gaozi and the Guodian Discussions', Frontiers of Philosophy in China, vol. 14, pp. 132 - 151,
    2019
    Lai KL, 2017, 'Reflections on Analogical Thinking: The Centrality of Discretion', Australasian Philosophical Review Vol. 1 , Iss. 3,2017, vol. 1, pp. 229 - 235,
    2017
    Lai K, 2016, 'Response to Frank Perkins', Dao, vol. 15, pp. 143 - 144,
    2016
    Lai K, 2016, 'Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy', DAO-A JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY, vol. 15, pp. 135 - 139,
    2016
    Lai KL; Chiu WW, 2013, 'Ming in the Zhuangzi Neipian: Enlightened Engagement', Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 40, pp. 527 - 543,
    2013
    Lai KL, 2012, 'Knowing to act in the moment: Examples from Confucius analects', Asian Philosophy, vol. 22, pp. 347 - 364,
    2012
    Hetherington S; Lai K, 2012, 'Practising to Know: Practicalism and Confucian Philosophy', Philosophy, vol. 87, pp. 375 - 393,
    2012
    Lai K, 2012, 'Assessing participation skills: Online discussions with peers', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 37, pp. 933 - 947,
    2012
    Lai KL, 2009, 'Ethics Without Principles', Sophia, vol. 48, pp. 77 - 84,
    2009
    Lai KL, 2008, 'Learning from the Confucians: Learning from the past', Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 35, pp. 97 - 119,
    2008
    Lai K, 2007, 'Ziran and Wuwei in the Daodejing: an ethical assessment', Dao: a journal of comparative philosophy, vol. 6, pp. 325 - 337,
    2007
    Pfister LF, 2007, 'Modern and contemporary Chinese hermeneutics - Editor's introduction', JOURNAL OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY, vol. 34, pp. 3 - 4,
    2007
    Lai KL, 2007, 'Review of Antonio S. Cua's Human Nature, Ritual, and History: Studies in Xunzi and Chinese Philosophy', Sophia, vol. 45, pp. 203 - 205,
    2007
    Lai KL, 2007, 'Understanding Confucian Ethics: reflections on moral development', Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, vol. 9, pp. 21 - 27
    2007
    Lai KL, 2007, 'Understanding change: The interdependent self in its environment (Chinese philosophy)', JOURNAL OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY, pp. 81 - 99,
    2007
    Lai K, 2007, 'Confucianism and women: A philosophical interpretation', China Journal, vol. 57, pp. 226 - 228,
    2007
    Lai KL, 2006, 'Philosophy and Philosophical reasoning in the Zhuangzi: Dealing with Plurality', Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 33, pp. 365 - 374,
    2006
    Lai K, 2006, 'Li in the analects: Training in moral competence and the question of flexibility', Philosophy East and West, vol. 56, pp. 69 - 84,
    2006
    Lai K, 2003, 'Critical Notice of Joel Kupperman, Learning from Asian Philosophy', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 81.1, pp. 126 - 133,
    2003
    Lai KL, 2003, 'Conceptual foundations for environmental ethics: A Daoist perspective', Environmental Ethics, vol. 25, pp. 247 - 266,
    2003
    Lai K, 2000, 'Introduction: Feminism and Chinese philosophy', Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 27, pp. 127 - 130,
    2000
    Lai K, 2000, 'The Daodejing: Resources for Contemporary Feminist Thinking', Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 27, pp. 131 - 153,
    2000
    Lai KL, 1999, 'Biographical dictionary of Chinese women: The Qing Period, 1644-1911', JOURNAL OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY, vol. 26, pp. 251 - 255,
    1999
    LAI KL, 1995, 'CONFUCIAN MORAL THINKING', PHILOSOPHY EAST & WEST, vol. 45, pp. 249 - 272,
    1995
    Other
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    Lai K, 2013, Chinese Language Translation of K Lai (2008) An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (剑桥中国哲学导论) by Liu Liangjian, Beijing :Shi jie tu shu chu ban gong si (世界图书出版公司), Beijing
    2013
    2013, Chinese Language Translation of K Lai (2008) An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (剑桥中国哲学导论) by Liu Liangjian, Beijing :Shi jie tu shu chu ban gong si (世界图书出版公司), Beijing
    2013