Staff profile

Dr Norva Y. S. Lo (Yeuk Sze Lo - 勞若詩)

Senior Lecturer, Chair of College Human Ethics Sub-Committee

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Politics and Philosophy

Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD in Philosophy (with Distinction - University of Western Australia); BA majoring in Philosophy (with Honours - Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Lo works in areas of environmental philosophy, meta-ethics, animal ethics, the philosophy of David Hume, logic, and critical thinking. She received her PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2002. She was a post-doctoral fellow between 2003 and 2005, and became a lecturer in 2006, at the Philosophy Department of La Trobe University, having previously held posts at the Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She has been a visiting research fellow at the University of St Andrews. She publishes in the name of "Y. S. Lo". She served the Australasian Association of Philosophy as a Council Member and the Chair of the Conference Standing Committee between 2008 and 2011. She has also chaired various Human Ethics committees within the University since 2012. 

Research interests

Environmental Philosophy

- Environmental Ethics, Animal Ethics, Meta-ethics / Metaethics, David Hume, Empathy, Rationality

Teaching units

  • PHI1CRT - Critical Thinking (2006 - 2013)
  • PHI1PPR - Philosophical Problems (2007 - 2012)
  • PHI2LOG - Logic (current)
  • PHI3ETH - Ethics (current)
  • PHI3TCP - Twentieth Century Philosophies (2009 - 2013)
  • PHI4APA - Advanced Topics in Philosophy (current)

Perspective students interested in writing reseaerch theses in the following areas may contact Dr Lo inquire about her availability:  

  • Philosophy of David Hume
  • Theories of Value (David Lewis and Michael Smith)
  • Meta-ethics (empathy, rationality, moral motivations),
  • Environmental ethics
  • Animal ethics


Hourly rate: AUD$325

Recent publications

Research projects

  • Why be moral
  • Animal ethics: empathy and reason
  • Human Population: ethics and the environment
  • Hume and Lewis on Value and Rationality