O'Leary, Timothy


O'Leary, Timothy , Professor

My major research interests are in the fields of ethics, politics, and the philosophy of literature and art, with a particular focus on 20th century European philosophy. I have published extensively on the work of Michel Foucault.

I am currently working on a project entitled “Philosophy and the History of Experience”. This 3-year project is funded by a GRF grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. It will lead to completion of a monograph, provisionally titled “The Conduct of Moral Sensibility”.

I am an International Participant of the International Network for the Critical Humanities, hosted at the University of Utrecht – Terra Critica.

Before taking on my current project on “moral sensibility”, I published in the area of the philosophy of literature, especially in relation to the works of modern and contemporary Irish writers. I also worked on comparative (East-West) philosophical approaches to happiness – an area in which I established a major collaborative research project at HKU (now completed).

At HKU, I have taught courses on Foucault, Nietzsche, happiness, contemporary European philosophy, philosophy of art and literature, Plato, and the philosophical problems of modernity. I also teach a postgraduate course on “Thesis Writing for the Critical Humanities”.

I supervise post-graduate students in the fields of 20th century European philosophy, ethics in the continental tradition, and aesthetics.