Bowen Chan

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I completed my MA in philosophy at the University of Toronto, after having completed a BA in philosophy and BSc in physics at the University of British Columbia. My primary research interests are in ethical theory, moral psychology, and applied ethics with regards to global poverty, climate change, and animal welfare. I have related interests in the history of moral philosophy as well, especially the moral philosophy of the Hellenistics, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Rawls, Bernard Williams, and Jürgen Habermas. Surprisingly, perhaps, my interests are not in the philosophy of science. Instead, my primary interests in physics, and the sciences in general, were partly inspired by the beauty and lawfulness of its methodology, and the potential utility of extending that methodology to moral philosophy. I am now particularly interested in the implications of our scientific conception of the world on ethical theory and applied ethics.

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Early Modern, 19th Century, Ethics