PEAK Staff Profile

Kevin Lam Wing-keung, Ph.D. (HKUST)
Project Associate Professor – Japan in East Asia

Contact : lam[at]


Kevin Lam Wing-keung Having an interest in Japanese philosophy, especially its interchange with other philosophical traditions in East Asia, Kevin spent a couple of years in Japan and Korea for research as well as studying the languages. Aiming at further uplifting the status of Japanese philosophy, Kevin and a number of colleagues have made the first peer-reviewed journal and a book series, entitled The Journal of Japanese Philosophy (State University of New York Press) and Tetsugaku Companions to Japanese Philosophy (Springer) respectively.

Research Interests

Kevin basically works on modern Japanese philosophy. Alongside the Japan-West philosophical encounter, Kevin puts much effort in fostering the dialogue of Japanese philosophy in the East Asian context, particularly the Chinese and Korean traditions.

Selected Publications

“Nishida Kitarō’s Political Philosophy: On the Relationship between Responsibility and the Sense of Responsibility in the Context of East Asia.” Philosophy, Vol. 67, 4/2016, pp. 25-41. (in Japanese)
Self and Person in East Asian and Modern Philosophical Traditions. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2015. (co-edited, in Chinese)
“On Nishida Kitarō’s Ethics: A Collision with Thomas Hill Green.” Chen, Wei-fen and Liao Chin-ping. eds. Contemporary Neo-Confucianism in a Transcultural Perspective: A Dialogue with the Philosophy of Kyoto School. Taipei: Institute for Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, 2015, pp. 99-124. (in Chinese)
Japanese philosophy in East Asian Perspectives: Tradition, Modern and Transformation. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2014, second edition. (co-edited, in Chinese)
“The Political Philosophy of Nishida Kitarō: Emperor and Nation-state.” Critique on Japan. Vol. 9, 8/2013, pp. 144-165. (in Korean)
Diversity of Japanese Philosophy: Striving for a New Dialogue in the Twenty-first Century. Kyoto: Sekaishisōsha, 2012. (co-edited, in Japanese) English version: Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 4: Facing the Twenty-first Century. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, 2009. (co-edited)