J. E. (Joseph) Sta. Maria


Joseph is a PhD candidate working on the “Confucianism and Ethics of Technology” research project supervised by Drs. Elena Ziliotti and Sabine Roeser. The project is under the “Society Line” of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies Research Programme (ESDIT). Joseph acquired his Master of Arts in Philosophy at the Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines. His primary area of interest is Classical Chinese philosophy particularly the Confucian and Daoist traditions. His other areas of interest are Virtue Ethics, Ethics of Technology, Medieval Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion.


Joseph’s research project “Confucianism and Ethics of Technology” focuses on how Confucian philosophy can be utilized to gain a novel perspective on the disruptive effects of digital technologies, particularly online communication technologies. Connected to this, it will also explore how Confucian ethics can be used to address ethical issues in online communication, and how it can ultimately contribute to digital well-being.

  • Sta. Maria, Joseph Emmanuel. "Human Nature's Self-Revealing: A Rapport between Heideggerian physis and techne, and Classical Chinese Philosophy." In Perspektiven mit Heidegger, edited by Gerhard Thonhauser, 313-325. Freiburg/München: Verlag Karl Alber, 2017. https://www.herder.de/philosophie-ethik-shop/perspektiven-mit-heidegger-kartonierte-ausgabe/c-27/p-10757/.
  • Sta. Maria, Joseph Emmanuel D. “The Philosophy of Mencius as a Way of Life: A Rapport between Mencian Confucianism and Pierre Hadot’s Conception of Philosophy.” Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture 34 (2020): 43-72. doi: 10.22916/jcpc.2020..34.43
  • Sta. Maria, Joseph Emmanuel D. "Shu and Zhong as the virtue of the Golden Rule: a Confucian contribution to contemporary virtue ethics." Asian Philosophy 27, 2 (2017). 100-111. doi.org/10.1080/09552367.2017.1318530.
  • Sta. Maria, Joseph Emmanuel D. "Acting without regarding: Daoist self-cultivation as education for non-dichotomous thinking." Educational Philosophy and Theory 49, 12 (2017). 1216-1224. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1364157.

Joseph Sta. Maria

PhD candidates

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Research interests
Design for Values
Classical Chinese Philosophy
Virtue Ethics
Ethics of Technology
Philosophy of Religion
Western Medieval Philosophy
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