Timothy O’Leary is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the School of Humanities at Hong Kong University, China. His research interests lie in the areas of ethics, politics and philosophy of literature and art, with a particular focus on 20th century European philosophy. He has published extensively on the work of Michel Foucault.
Currently, Timothy O’Leary is working on a GRF-funded project on ‘Ethics and the History of Experience’ and is Principal Investigator of the collaborative research project ‘Happiness East and West’ at the Department of Philosophy, HKU. In recent years, he has published in the area of the philosophy of literature, especially in relation to the works of modern and contemporary Irish writers, and worked on comparative (East-West) philosophical approaches to happiness. At HKU, O’Leary teaches courses on Foucault, Nietzsche, happiness, contemporary European philosophy, philosophy of art and literature, Plato, and the philosophical problems of modernity.