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Dr. Ellen Ying ZHANG

Ellen Ying

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Tel: 3411 7283

Part-time Supervisor, Department of Religion and Philosophy


Dr. Ellen Zhang holds a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Rice University (US). She is currently the Head of Department of Religion and Philosophy and the Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics. Her research area is related to Chinese philosophy (Daoism and Buddhism), applied ethics, and comparative studies of philosophy, religion, and ethics. She has published more than 60 papers in journals and book chapters. Recent publications include “Forgetfulness and Flow: ‘Happiness’ in Zhuangzi’s Daoism.” Science, Religion & Culture, Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2019, “Informed Consent: A Critical Response from a Buddhist Perspective” Studia Bioethica, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2019, “Daoism, Utopian Imagination and Its Discontents” in Imagination: Cross-Cultural Philosophical Analyses. eds. Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead (London/New York: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2018), “Neurogenomics and Neuroeudaimonics: Bioethical Challenges from a Buddhist Perspective” in Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self, eds. Joseph Tham, Alberto Garcia. (London: Routledge, 2018), and “‘Weapons Are Nothing but Ominous Instruments’: The Daodejing’s View on War and Peace.” Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 3, 2012.


Dr. Zhang is also the editor-in-chief for The International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine. She is a member of the APA (American Philosophical Association), the APCA (Association of Chinese Philosophers in America), and a member of Bioethics International’s World Council for Ethical Standards in Healthcare.



Project Highlights


  1. FNRA: “Chinese and Cross-Cultural Health Humanities” (project leader)
  2. “War and Peace: A Comparative Perspective” (a collaborative project with scholars from US and UK)
  3. “Bioethics, Multiculturalism and Religion” (a project organized by UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights 
  4. “The Bioethics of Human Genetic Enhancement: Comparative Studies” (a collaborative project with scholars from mainland China and US)
  5. A collaborative program on interreligious dialogue with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (UK)
  6. Neurogenomics, Neuroeudaimonics, and Happiness: A Buddhist Perspective (Lecture)
  7. 出入於中國與西方、傳統與現代之間 —— 與張穎教授對話 (Lecture)


Media Coverage


  1. 他的音樂是一個漩渦,被他吸引被他傷害:《我喜歡思奔,和陳昇的歌》選摘 (1)
  2. 每場音樂會都是記憶的碎片,這些碎片組成了他的人生:《我喜歡思奔,和陳昇的歌》選摘(2)