Graduate Students

 

PhD Students

So Young MOON

M.A., SungKyunkwan University

So Young holds an M.A. from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. Her study is mainly in early Confucian philosophy and she wrote my MA thesis on Confucius’ renxue in the Analects. Her current research interests in NUS are early Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism, Daoism, and thoughts of the other schools in the pre-Qin period. Also, she is interested in Comparative Philosophy and Ethics.

Mary K. RILEY

M.A., Kent State University

She holds an MA from Kent State University, where her thesis focused on resonating themes in the Confucian and George Herbert Mead’s concepts of self. She hopes to continue research in comparative philosophy looking at the intertwining nature of community and individual in different philosophical contexts. Additionally, she is interested in the methodology of comparative philosophy and the problems associated with distinguishing between eastern and western thought. More broadly, her interests include early Confucian thought, American Pragmatism, Twentieth Century Continental philosophy, and Plato.

ZHANG Ming

M.A., Jilin University, China

Zhang Ming is currently a PhD student in the department of philosophy, with a M.A. of philosophy from Jilin University, China. He has passed his QE and now is on the stage of thesis writing. His research interest is in contemporary political philosophy, especially the topic of distributive justice. The topic of his thesis is "Luck, Responsibility, and Distributive Justice" through which he attempts to defend a resourcist version of luck egalitarianism.

TSAI Miao Kun

M.A. National Taiwan University

The topic of Miao Kun’s MA thesis was on qing 情 in the Chuang-tzu. Since joining NUS, she has broadened her academic interest to include Continental philosophy and contemporary hermeneutics. At this moment she is endeavoring to work out a proposal for her doctoral thesis, which aims to contribute to comparative ethics through investigating the place of ethics and agency in pre-Qin Daoist thought, particularly the thought of Lao-zi and Chuang-tzu. She has the faith that in while in academic life, we reflect, in everydayness, we embrace our own worldhood through wandering at ease.

Mitradutta MOHAPATRA

M.A., University of mumbai

A graduate engineer by education and a sales and marketing professional for over 20 years, I got drawn into philosophy about four years back out of my longstanding interest and passion. In my reasonably long work and personal life, I have always been a keen observer of behavioural dichotomy and inconsistency in human approach in matters of personal and organizational ethics. My academic engagement with philosophy is aimed at seeking answers to some of these real life challenges. I must say that my initial exposure to science and mathematics has always been a blessing in disguise in this pursuit.

I completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy from University of Mumbai in 2011. As a graduate student, I have been trained both on Western and Indian philosophical traditions, with specific emphasis on Immanuel Kant, Twentieth Century Analytical Philosophy and Ethics. I am a great admirer of Kantian ethics. Its idealistic overtone making ‘good will’ and the criterion of ‘universalizability’ as the basic cornerstone of human morality has always appealed to me as an effective answer to ethical dilemmas of the day. The meta-ethical debate of the last century has also been equally fascinating to me. With the above as the background, I now venture into this new academic journey at NUS.

In the modern business world, there has been an increased tendency to enforce the ever-shifting ethical values through the imposition of hard coded compliance laws and corporate governance modules. Is this evolution of business ethics guided by the fundamental principles of justice and trust? To what extent the overarching dimension of business health and profitability eclipses the true ethical character of business? Do the modern corporations hold the sincerity of good will in adopting ethical values that can meet the criterion of universalizability? To what extent are codes of compliance ethics, in their legal framework, able to bypass subjective inclinations and hold the communicative rationality to answer the fundamental question of “what I ought to do?” I intend to deal with these interesting dimensions of contemporary business ethics in my upcoming research project at NUS.

Philippe MAJOR

M.A. National Taiwan University

Philippe holds a Master’s degree in History from National Taiwan University. His Master’s thesis consisted of a study of the consciousness of time of New Culture Movement (1915-1927) intellectuals such as Liang Shuming and Chen Duxiu, as well as the redefinition of modernity which was inherent in their views of time. His PhD dissertation will focus on how modern Confucian thinkers, whom inherited a tradition rooted in the idea that individual development is informed by, and achieved through, a given socio-historical context, reacted to a modern definition of the self which is to a great extent atomistic, being alienated from both community and tradition.

Elena ZILIOTTI

M.A. UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, M.A. UNIVERSITY OF PARMA

Elena is a PhD student in the Join Program between  NUS and King’s College London. Elena holds an M.A. in Analytic Philosophy from University of Barcelona UB (Spain) and an M.A. in Philosophy from University of Parma (Italy). As an undergraduate, she studied philosophy at the University of Parma and was a visiting student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands). Elena’s main area of research are Ethics and Political Philosophy. She also have a special interest in Relativism.

 

 

MA Students

Anantharaman Muralidharan

B.Sc. Hons, NUS

His thesis is concerned with trying to find a more general justification for the Rawlsian framework. He isinterested in broadly trying to derive and defend a free-standing theory of justice. At the same time he isinterested in democracy and justifications for it. He is also interested in social epistemology and its implications for democracy.

Sulastri NOORDIN

B.A. Hons, NUS

Sulastri is working towards her Masters degree. She received her BA (Hons) in philosophy from NUS, where she was awarded the Philosophy Book Prize. Sulastri’s particular area of interest is in philosophical methodology. Her dissertation project examines the use of moral intuitions in ethics. To that end, her interests also extend to moral psychology, experimental philosophy, and heuristics and cognitive biases, in hopes of finding interdisciplinary work that sheds light on methodological issues in philosophy. She lives in a quiet neighbourhood with her cat, Immanuel.

CHONG Bao Shen Kenneth

B.A. Hons, NUS

Kenneth is currently pursuing his MA at NUS, where he is receiving some pressure to be a dualist under the supervision of his supervisor. In his free time, Kenneth enjoys playing all sorts of games, which might help explain his interest in Philosophy. He also enjoys writing plays and listening to music.

GOH Wee Kian Gary

B.A. HONS, NUS

Gary’s background is in European history, politics and philosophy, but he is interested in Chinese and/or Buddhist philosophy. He is thus hoping to marry the two in ethical inquiry. Specifically, he is in it in the long haul to provide an account of a way of living that is ethical and prudent but does not assume much about normativity or objective values.

CAI Xianhui Nicholas

B.A. HONS, NUS

Nick’s primary areas of research are in the areas of Political Philosophy and the history of Political Philosophy. His honors thesis was a Rawlsian defense of Liberal Neutrality, focusing on the notion of Public Reason. His other research interests include Moral philosophy, German Idealism and Ancient Greek Philosophy, especially the connection between Politics, Religion, and Philosophy.

FENG Lin

She is interested in topics in Anglo-American philosophy, including Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and metaethics. She has been mainly working on contemporary moral philosophy. Her bachelor thesis sought to explain normativity of obligation from Darwall’s second-person standpoint. She has worked on moral dilemma, distinguishing moral dilemmas we are faced with in our moral life and genuine moral dilemmas, and tries to solve the problem of incompatibility of moral dilemma and deontic logical principles. Currently she is writing on supererogation. She denies anti-supererogationism, arguing against that “all morally good action is obligatory”. However, she does not stand totally in either side of qualified supererogationism and unqualified supererogationism, but tries to state that items of obligation and supererogation are not unchangeable.

LI Qingyi

B.Soc.SCI HONS, NUS

Qingyi is working towards his M.A. in Philosophy and his area of interest is in political philosophy. His dissertation project examines the moral foundations of political philosophy, more specifically liberal neutrality. Other topics of interest in political philosophy include: liberal theory, methodological concerns in political philosophy, distributive justice and global justice. His interests also extend to moral philosophy.

LOO Wei Ling Jane

B.Sc., B.A. HONS, NUS

Her main area of research is in the philosophy of space and time, with a focus on modern physics and its influence on traditional theories of time.

NG Han Wei Melvin

B.A. HONS, NUS

 

LIM Chong Ming

B.A. Hons, NUS

Thesis submitted.

His primary interests centre on political and legal philosophy, and ethics. In his recently-submitted M.A. dissertation, he defended a Rawlsian account of distributive justice from some criticisms, pertaining to mental disabilities, by disability theorists. He argued that while many of the criticisms may be easily responded to, they nevertheless pointed to some open questions that the Rawlsian account has yet to fully answer. Currently, he is examining the limits of justification within the contractarian framework - especially the Rawlsian Overlapping Consensus - and exploring if there may be more reasons for compromising on justice, than for the sake of justice itself. He has also recently developed an interest in issues of international justice and legitimacy.