Keynote Speakers

Professor Daniel K. L. Chua (Hong Kong University)

Before joining Hong Kong University as the Head of the School of Humanities, Daniel K. L. Chua, was a fellow and the Director of Studies at St John’s College, Cambridge, and later Professor of Music Theory and Analysis at King’s College London. He was a Henry Fellow at Harvard and is the recipient of the 2004 Royal Musical Association’s Dent Medal. He has written widely on music, from Monteverdi to Stravinsky; his publications include The ‘Galitzin’ Quartets of Beethoven (Princeton, 1994) and Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning (Cambridge, 1999).

Professor David Davies (McGill University)

David Davies is Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, where he has taught since 1987. Prior to that he completed a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University, an MA in Philosophy at the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. His doctoral research and much of his research for the following few years was on the Realism/Anti-Realism debate in contemporary metaphysics, and on related issues in the Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language. For the past 12 years his research has focussed mainly on metaphysical and epistemological issues in the Philosophy of Art. He has also published widely on topics relating to literature, film, photography, music, performance, and the visual arts. He is the author of Art as Performance (Blackwell, 2004), Aesthetics and Literature (Continuum, 2007), and Philosophy of the Performing Arts (Blackwell, 2011), and editor of The Thin Red Line (Routledge, 2008).

Professor Günter Zöller (University of Munich/McGill University)

Günter Zöller is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Munich and currently serves as the John. G. Diefenbaker Visiting Professor at McGill University. He studied philosophy at the University of Bonn, the École normale supérieure, Paris and Brown University, receiving his M.A. and Dr. phil. degrees from Bonn. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, Emory University and Seoul National University and will be the Tang I-Chun Visiting Professor of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong this fall. His work, published in many books and over 250 articles in numerous languages worldwide, focusses on Kant, German idealism, the philosophy of art and political philosophy. He is the author of Objective Reference in Kant (de Gruyter, 1984), Fichte’s Transcendental Philosophy (Cambridge, 1998) and Critical Spirit. Knowing and Acting in Kant, Fichte and Nietzsche (Zagreb, 2012) and the (co-)editor of Fichte’s Practical Philosophy (Rodopi, 2006), Beginning By Transferring: Imperial Figurations Around 1800 (Fink, 2010) and The State As a Means to an End. Fichte on Freedom, Right and Law (Nomos, 2011).