I am an assistant professor of philosophy at University of Puget Sound. I was most recently a Marie Curie fellow at University of Leeds, working with Aaron Meskin on experimental philosophical aesthetics.
Before that, I was an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University, a visiting assistant professor at Kansas State University, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, and a BA student at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I am from Taiwan.
Here is a note about my name.
One thing I love about being an academic philosopher is that I am free to investigate almost any topic with almost any method. My research fully embraces this freedom. Here are my published or forthcoming papers, grouped somewhat arbitrarily by topic or method.
- “The Imagination Box”
- “Imaginative Resistance, Narrative Engagement, Genre”
- “The Cognitive Architecture of Imaginative Resistance”
- “The Problem of Imaginative Resistance”
- “Pretense and Imagination”
- “Aesthetic Adjectives: Experimental Semantics and Context-Sensitivity”
- “Empirically Investigating Imaginative Resistance”
- “Are Philosophers Good Intuition Predictors?”
- “The Good in Happiness”
- “Experimental Philosophy of Aesthetics”
- “Moral Persuasion and the Diversity of Fictions”
- “The Fictional Character of Pornography”
- “Morality and Aesthetics of Food”
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I am a firm believer in collaborative research. I have learned from all of my collaborators: James Andow, Florian Cova, Tyler Doggett, Amanda Garcia, Tamar Szabó Gendler, Anna Ichino, Joshua Knobe, Louise McNally, Aaron Meskin, Kengo Miyazono, Sven Nyholm, Jonathan Phillips, Sara Protasi, Chandra Sekhar Sripada, and Nina Strohminger.
Another thing I love about being an academic philosopher is that I get to talk with students about so many different issues, problems, and intellectual figures. I have taught on a variety of subareas in philosophy, from applied ethics to metaphysics. Here are the courses I have developed.
Current and Upcoming Courses
- Race and Philosophy (Spring 2016)
- Introduction to Philosophy (Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
- Classical Chinese Philosophy (Fall 2016)
- Logic (Spring 2017)
- Perennial Questions of Philosophy, East and West (Fall 2013)
- Moral Philosophy Seminar: Etiquette (Fall 2013)
- Medical Ethics (Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
- Business Ethics (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
- Introduction to Moral Philosophy: Ethics of Food (Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012)
- Metaphysics Seminar: Identity and Nearby Relations (Spring 2012)
- Knowledge and Reality (Summer 2009)
Service, Outreach, Impact, Etc.
I blog every now and then. Here are some recent posts that I like.
- “The State of Reproducibility in Experimental Philosophy”
- “The State of Amazon Mechanical Turk”
- “Thinking about Race in an Art Museum”
- “Why Do Experiments?”
I regularly perform peer review. I am most enthusiastic about open access journals. I refuse to referee for Elsevier and Springer journals because, even compared to other for-profit publishers, they charge libraries unreasonable prices for access. I do not submit to Elsevier and Springer journals either.
At University of Leeds, I helped to start a Minorities and Philosophy chapter and co-organized a large conference on race and aesthetics. For the Experimental Philosophical Aesthetics project, I co-organized a series of workshops and public events.
At Nanyang Technological University, I helped to develop an introductory online course on ethical reasoning. At Kansas State University, I advised the philosophy club. At University of Michigan, I started Go Grue.