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Gerhold Becker Prof.Dr. Gerhold K. Becker
Dr. phil. (summa cum laude) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 1979
Lic. theol. (summa cum laude) Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule, Frankfurt, 1973
Lic. phil. (magna cum laude) Hochschule für Philosophie, München/Pullach, 1969.

Prof.Dr. Gerhold K. Becker was Chair Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Hong Kong Baptist University where he taught for nearly 19 years philosophy and ethics and became the Founding Director of the university’s Centre for Applied Ethics. From 1996-2004 he served as an appointed member on the Hong Kong Council on Human Reproductive Technology of the Government of Hong Kong and from 2001-2004 chaired the Council’s Ethics Committee. Before he joined Hong Kong Baptist University he was for eleven years a member of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Munich, Germany. Since his retirement from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2004 he has been Regular Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion of Assumption University.

For many years Becker has been the editor ofthe Value Inquiry Book Series Studies in Applied Ethics published by Rodopi (New York/Amsterdam); he is a research fellow at the Centre for Business Ethics at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, a founding member of the Macau Association of Business Ethics as well as an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts, Salzburg, Austria. He has published on a wide range of issues in religion, philosophy, and areas of applied ethics, particularly bioethics and business ethics. Representative of his research interests are the following books: The Moral Status of Persons: Perspectives on Bioethics (2000); Changing Nature’s Course: The Ethical Challenge of Biotechnology (1996); Ethics in Business and Society: Chinese and Western Perspectives (1996); Die Ursymbole in den Religionen (Prime Symbols of Religion, 1987); Neuzeitliche Subjektivität und Religiosität (Modern Subjectivity and Religiosity, 1982); Communicatio Fidei (1982); Theologie in der Gegenwart  (Contemporary Theology, 1978).

Recent publications include: “The Competitive Edge of Moral Leadership”, in: Stephan Rothlin & Parissa Haghirian, eds., Dimensions of Teaching Business Ethics in Asia. Heidelberg: Springer, 2013, 9-28; “Why Be Moral? Exploring a Complex Question.” In: Understanding Ethics, Vibha Chaturvedi and Pragati Sahni, Delhi: Macmillan Publ., 2013, 271-281; “Moral Leadership in Business.” In: William E. Rosenbach, Robert L. Taylor, and Mark A. Youndt, eds., Contemporary Issues in Leadership, 7th Ed., Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2012, ch. 22; “‘The Good, Not the Traditional’. Clearing the Path towards Global Ethics.” Sharing Values: A Hermeneutics for Global Ethics, ed. by Ariane Hentsch Cisneros and Santa Premawardhana, Geneva: Globethics.net, 2011, pp. 133-159; “Integrity as Moral Ideal and Business Benchmark.” Journal of International Business Ethics, vol. 2, no.2 (2009), pp. 70-84.

E-mail: gkbecker@hkbu.edu.hk