Dr SIN, Wai Lam William   冼偉林
Assistant Professor
Department of International Education
Phone No: (852) 2948 6133
Email: wwlsin@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0001-5838-2708
Phone
(852) 2948 6133
Email
wwlsin@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
35301004500
Research Interest

Moral philosophy, more specifically consequentialism, moral relativism, Nietzsche and morality, and exploration of the ethical status of the characters in the Water Margin (an ancient Chinese novel).

Research Interest

Moral philosophy, more specifically consequentialism, moral relativism, Nietzsche and morality, and exploration of the ethical status of the characters in the Water Margin (an ancient Chinese novel).

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
William Sin (2020). Filial Piety, Zhixing and The Water Margin. In Lewin, D., & Kenklies, K, East Asian Pedagogies: Education as Trans-/formation Across Cultures and Borders (11-24). Switzerland: Springer.
William Sin (2016). "Compensated Dating: An Ethical Analysis". Betty Yung and Kam-Por Yu (Eds.), Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy: The Dynamics of Social Values (49-61). Singapore: Springer.
William Sin (2015). "The Water Margin, Moral Degradation, and the Virtue of Zhixing". In C. M. Lam & J. Park (Eds.), Sociological and philosophical perspectives on education in the Asia-Pacific region (51-65). Singapore: Springer.
冼偉林(2012):人道援助,輯於莫家棟、余錦波和陳浩文編,《社會倫理通識》,(頁207-212),香港,牛津大學出版社。
冼偉林(2012):婚外情,輯於莫家棟、余錦波和陳浩文編,《社會倫理通識》,(頁21-27),香港,牛津大學出版社。
冼偉林(2012):援交,輯於莫家棟、余錦波和陳浩文編,《社會倫理通識》,(頁266-271),香港,牛津大學出版社。
冼偉林(2012):網絡侵權,輯於莫家棟、余錦波和陳浩文編,《社會倫理通識》,(頁183-189),香港,牛津大學出版社。
冼偉林(2012):賣淫,輯於莫家棟、余錦波和陳浩文編,《社會倫理通識》,(頁52-57),香港,牛津大學出版社。
李傑江、鄧兆鴻、冼偉林和胡少偉(編 )(2003):江蘇省教委推行素質教育的經驗,香港,港澳兒童教育國際協會。

Journal Publications
William Sin (2021). Bruce Lee and the Trolley Problem: An Analysis from an Asian Martial Arts Tradition. Sports, Ethics and Philosophy. DOI:10.1080/17511321.2020.1866055, XX, XX-XX.
William Sin (2020). Esoteric Confucianism, Moral Dilemmas, and Filial Piety. Metaphilosophy, 51, 206-225.
William Sin (2019). Confucianism, Rule-consequentialism, and the Demands of Filial Obligations. Journal of Religious Ethics, 47(2), 377-393.
William Sin (2019). Adult Children's Obligations towards their Parents: A Contractualist Explanation. The Journal of Value Inquiry, 53 (1), 19-32.
William Sin (2018). Wu Song's Killing of his Sister-in-law: An Ethical Analysis. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 17 (2), 231-246.
William Sin (2017). Water Margin, Moral Criticism, and Cultural Confrontation. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, 16 (1), 95-111.
冼偉林 (2016). 瀕死經驗的解釋及其在哲學上的限制. 中外醫學哲學, 14 (2), 51-56.
William Sin (2016). Caring for Parents: A Consequentialist Approach. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal, 19 (1), 3-10.
William Sin (2013). The Demandingness of Confucianism in the Case of Long-Term Caregiving. Asian Philosophy, 23 (2), 166-179.
William Sin (2012). Internalization and Moral Demands. Philosophical Studies, 157(2), 163-175.
William Sin (2010). Trivial sacrifices, Great Demands. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 7(1), 3-15.

Conference Papers
William Sin (2018, June). Filial Obligation, Zhixing and the Importance of Morality. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 50th Annual Conference, Krakow, Poland.
William Sin (2017, April). Wu Song’s Killing of his Sister-in-law: An Ethical Analysis. Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy 2017, Macau, China.
William Sin (2016, July). Caring for Parents: A Contractualist Approach. The 14th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies (ISUS XIV), Lille, France.
William Sin (2016, January). Bruce Lee, Zhixing, and the Trolley Problem: Cultivating the Right Response in the Desperate Moment. In pursuit of wisdom: Ancient Chinese and Greek perspectives on cultivation, Sydney.
William Sin (2014, August). "Caring for Parents: A Rule-Consequentialist Approach". The 13th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies ( ISUS XIII), Yokohama, Japan.
William Sin (2013, April). “On Indefinite Ethics: The Unknowable Limits of Demands”. 7th Annual Felician Ethics Conference, New Jersey, USA.
William Sin (2012, April). "The Moral World of the Water Margin". 8th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
William Sin (2011, June). "Consequentialism, Contractualism and the Demands of Long-Term Caregiving". The 11th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies (ISUS XI), Lucca, Italy.
William Sin (2011, May). "The Moral Demands of Long-Terms Caregiving in an Aging Population". The Tenth East-West Philosophers' Conference, Hawaii, USA.
Sin, W. L. W. (2008, September). Internalization and moral demands. Paper presented at the 10th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Berkeley, USA.

Project

Filial Obligations: Confucianism and Beyond
This project studies the nature of filial obligation from the perspectives of Confucianism. It builds bridges between Confucianism and other normative theories, such as Consequentialism and Contractualism. As a result, the project will strengthen the theoretical structure of Confucian ethics with considerations from the two analytic theories. The analytic theories (Consequentialism and Contractualism) will also be benefited by the rich observations of parent-child relation from the Confucian tra . . .
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): SIN, Wai Lam William 冼偉林
 
Consequentialism, Contractualism, and the Demands of Filial Obligations
What would we do if our parents fell ill and became dependent on us on a long-term basis? How far does morality require adult children to make sacrifices on behalf of their parents? In this project, I will answer these questions by illustrating an explanation of the nature of filial obligations in the case of long-term caregiving. I believe that a good explanation will have to fulfill three criteria. First, the explanation should tell us about the strength of filial obligation in relation to the . . .
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): SIN, Wai Lam William 冼偉林
 
Wu Song, Bruce Lee, and the Trolley Problem
Wu Song is a major character in the novel of the Water Margin. In the novel, Wu Song has the virtue of being able to act in a straightforward manner in times of desperation. Bruce Lee is probably the most important martial artist. He is the founder of Jeet Kune Do – a school of fighting. He proposes that the traditional, fixed style of fighting will mislead the practitioner of martial arts. The best strategy to fight, he argues, is to adopt a simple and straightforward approach. And the combata . . .
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): SIN, Wai Lam William 冼偉林
 
Filial Morality: East and West
How far does morality require adult children to make sacrifices on behalf of their aging parents? In this project, I will demonstrate how we may respond to this question by drawing reference to rule-consequentialism, Contractualism, and Confucianism. By using these ethical theories to explain the demands of filial obligations, I believe that we may analyse the strength of reason from various perspectives, and can learn about the demands of filial obligations versus those of other aspects of the . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): SIN, Wai Lam William 冼偉林
 
The Ethics of Zen
Zen is a branch of Buddhist Philosophy. All Buddhist thoughts talk about ways for an agent to live a good life. A good life, or a life with Eudaimonia, from the Buddhist point of view, is a life in which the agent is free of suffering, a life in which the agent will no longer cause suffering to himself. Zen distinguishes itself from other Buddhist schools in the way that it does not encourage practitioners to follow certain ascetic practices; in fact, it discourages even sitting meditation, whi . . .
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): SIN, Wai Lam William 冼偉林