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Our Faculty


The faculty at NUS Department of Philosophy brings together specializations across a wide range of sub-disciplines. Please click on the links to individual profile pages for publications and other details.

Main Faculty

Michael PELCZAR

Associate Professor

Head of Department

Teaching Areas

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 - PH3244 Appearance and Reality
Semester 2 – GEK1067/GET1029 Life, the Universe, and Everything

Brief Introduction

Michael Pelczar joined the Philosophy Department at NUS in 2001. Previously he taught at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He is originally from Chestertown, Maryland. His website is at http://michaelpelczar.com.

LOY Hui Chieh

Associate Professor

Deputy Head of Department

Teaching Areas

Chinese Philosophy, Greek Philosophy

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – GEK1067/GET1029 Life, the Universe, and Everything, PH2301/GEK2038 Classical Chinese Philosophy (I)
Semester 2 – Classical Chinese Philosophy (II)

Brief Introduction

Loy Hui Chieh's primary interest centers around Early Chinese Philosophy, and most of his previous and current research are done in this field and in related researches on East Asia (e.g., history of science and technology and contemporary political ideas). Other interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy, Early Modern and Contemporary Ethics and Political Philosophy. He is currently on the editorial board for Chinese Comparative Philosophy for Philosophy Compass.

Ben Richard Kelsey BLUMSON

Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator

Teaching Areas

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH2213 Metaphysics, PH3247 Philosophical Logic
Semester 2 – PH2241 Philosophy of Mind, PH4241 Issues in Philosophical Logic

Brief Introduction

Ben Blumson's interests are in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and aesthetics.

Axel Heinz GELFERT

Associate Professor

Convenor, Minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Teaching Areas

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology, Epistemology, History of Philosophy

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH2201/GEM2025 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Semester 2 – PH2223/GEK2037 Introduction to Philosophy of Technology, PH5423 Philosophy of Science and Technology

Brief Introduction

Axel Gelfert received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and has been a member of the Department of Philosophy since 2006. His main areas of research and teaching are philosophy of science and technology, epistemology, and history of philosophy.

John HOLBO

Associate Professor

Teaching Areas

Philosophy and Literature, Greek Philosophy, Aesthetics, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – GEK2041/GET1025 Science Fiction and Philosophy
Semester 2 – GEM1004/GET1027 Reason and Persuasion

Brief Introduction

John Holbo received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, in 1999. His dissertation was on Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. He joined the Philosophy Department at NUS in 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009.

Cecilia LIM Teck Neo

Associate Professor

Teaching Areas

Early Modern Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, Environmental Ethics

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH2206/GEK2028 Founders of Modern Philosophy
Semester 2 – PH33216 Comparative Environmental Ethics

Brief Introduction

Cecilia Lim did her BA and MA in Philosophy at NUS, and PhD in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Since coming back to Singapore in 1994, she has worked at NUS.

Neiladri SINHABABU

Associate Professor

Teaching Areas

Ethics, Nietzsche, Political Philosophy, Epistemology

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 - PH3203 Moral Philosophy, PH5403/PH5403R Ethics
Semester 2 – PH3230 Normative Ethical Theory, PH4262 Nietzsche

Brief Introduction

Neil develops desire-based explanations of reasoning and action in Humean Nature, which Oxford University Press published in 2017. His previous work defending the Humean theory of motivation has appeared in Philosophical Review and Noûs. He's also written on philosophy of mind, epistemology, Nietzsche, and romantic relationships with people in other possible worlds. He received his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and his B.A. from Harvard University in 2001. His research is available at PhilPapers. His personal website is at www.neilsinhababu.com.

Saranindra Nath TAGORE

Associate Professor

Honours Co-ordinator

SEP Co-ordinator

Teaching Areas

Indian Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH2211 Philosophy of Religion, PH4207 Phenomenology
Semester 2 – PH2212/GEK2030/EU2214 Introduction to Continental Philosophy, PH3204/SN3272 Issues in Indian Philosophy

Brief Introduction

Saranindra Nath Tagore is primarily interested in Indian Philosophy and Continental Philosophy. Integrating these interests, he is currently working on the idea that cosmopolitan theory should attend to alternative conceptions of modernity.

Some visiting affiliations:
  • Visiting Scholar, Munk Center for International Studies, University of Toronto, Summer, 2005
  • Cordinate Research Scholar, Harvard Yenching Institute, Harvard University,1st August, 2009 to 31st December. 2009.
  • Affiliate Fellow, South Asia Initiative, Harvard University (2009-2010)

TAN Sor Hoon

Associate Professor

Teaching Areas

Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Pragmatism

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 2 – PH3217 Women in Philosophy, PH4205/PH6320 Topics in East Asian Philosophy

Brief Introduction

A/P Tan holds degrees from Oxford University (UK), National University of Singapore, and University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Since joining the department in 2000, she has taught modules on Chinese Philosophy, Pragmatism, Aristotle, Philosophy of Culture, Political Philosophy, and Comparative Philosophy. Her research interests are in Confucianism and John Dewey’s Pragmatism, with a focus on topics in moral and political philosophy. She is the author of Confucian Democracy: A Deweyan Reconstruction (2004) and editor of Bloomsbury research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies (2016). She has published articles in Philosophy East and West, Dao, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Contemporary Pragmatism, Metaphilosophy; Journal of Value Inquiry, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Robert BEDDOR

Assistant Professor

Teaching Areas

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 - PH3245 Language and Thought, PH4211 Issues in Epistemology
Semester 2 - PH2242 Philosophy of Language, PH4210/PH6211 Topics in Western Philosophy/Advanced Epistemology

Brief Introduction

In January 2017, Bob joined the philosophy department at the National University of Singapore as a President’s Assistant Professor. Bob received his PhD in philosophy from Rutgers in May 2016. Before coming to Rutgers, he studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Brown. He works on a cluster of issues in epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaethics.

Abelard PODGORSKI

Assistant Professor

Teaching Areas

Ethics, Greek Philosophy

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH2203 Major Moral Philosophers, PH4215 Freedom and Moral Responsibility
Semester 2 – PH2208/GEK2029 Applied Ethics, PH4203 Issues in Moral Philosophy

Brief Introduction

Before coming to NUS, Abelard received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Southern California, and his BA in mathematics and philosophy from Michigan State University. His primary research interests are in rationality, normative ethics, metaethics, and epistemology. His major recent projects concern the role of idealization in normative theory and the development of a process-oriented model of rationality. His website is found here.

QU Hsueh Ming

Assistant Professor

Teaching Areas

Early Modern Philosophy, Kant

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 2 – PH2207 Hume and Kant, PH3261 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

Brief Introduction

Hsueh Qu joined the Philosophy Department at NUS in 2015. Previously, he received his Ph.D. from New York University, and completed his undergraduate and B.Phil. at Oxford University. He is originally from Malaysia. His research interest is Early Modern, primarily the scholarship of David Hume; he also has interests in Kant, Ethics, and Metaphysics. In this, as in all his other endeavors, he asks you to forgive him his failings, for he is only Humean after all.

TANG Weng Hong

Assistant Professor

Teaching Areas

Epistemology, Logic, Philosophy of Probability

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH3243 Chance and Uncertainty, PH6540 Topics in Analytic Philosophy
Semester 2 – PH2243 Epistemology, PH3246 Paradoxes

Brief Introduction

Weng Hong received his PhD from the Australian National University and has been working at the National University of Singapore since 2010. His broad research interests include epistemology and the philosophy of probability. His PhilPapers page is here.

CHIN Chuan Fei

Senior Tutor

Teaching Areas

Philosophy of Mind, Recent Analytic Philosophy

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – PH3241 Consciousness
Semester 2 – PH3206 Recent Philosophy

Brief Introduction

AB summa cum laude (Harvard). BPhil (Oxford). DPhil (Oxford).

Joint Faculty

Andrew M BAILEY

Associate Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion

Brief Introduction

Dr Bailey received his undergraduate degree from Biola University where he majored in Philosophy with a minor in Classics from Torrey Honors Institute. While at Biola University, he received the Delbert J Hanson Philosophy Major of the Year. Dr Bailey completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, where he also completed his MA and PhD in Philosophy. Having spent the first 27 years of his life in the United States (West Coast, Midwest, Northeast), Dr Bailey now sees Singapore as his adopted home. Dr Bailey spends much of his free time exploring the city and its surrounding region. He also plays the keyboard and guitar.

Amber D CARPENTER

Associate Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Greek Philosophy, Indian Buddhist Philosophy

Brief Introduction

Dr Carpenter graduated with a BA in Philosophy at Yale University in 1996. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy from King’s College London in 2001.

CHONG Chi Tat

University Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Department of Mathematics

Interests

Computability Theory

Simon B DUFFY

Senior Lecturer, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Early Modern Philosophy, Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science

Brief Introduction

Dr Duffy received a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2003 after a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (MPhil equivalent) in Philosophy at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre (1999). He has taught at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy at the Centre for the History of European Discourses. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, Dr Duffy was an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Sandra Leonie FIELD

Assistant Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Political Philosophy

Brief Introduction

Dr Sandra Field completed her PhD in Political Theory at Princeton University in 2012. While at Princeton, she received the Laurence S Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship (2009-2010) and the Princeton University Graduate School Centennial Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (2006-2011). She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales (Australia), where she was also awarded a University Medal for her Honours research. Her undergraduate studies were in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Malcolm KEATING

Assistant Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Indian Philosophy

Brief Introduction

Dr Malcolm Keating completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, St Louis.

Cathay LIU

Assistant Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Early Modern Philosophy, especially Descartes

Brief Introduction

Dr Liu received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012). She was an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine (class of 2004) where she also earned an MA in Philosophy (2006).

Neil MEHTA

Associate Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

Brief Introduction

Dr Mehta is a philosopher of mind and epistemologist. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan in 2008 and 2012 respectively, and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in 2005.

As a philosopher, Dr Mehta thinks that consciousness is made up almost entirely of external properties; that perceptual experience has a normative role grounded in its proper function; and that knowledge sets the standard of epistemic success, but not of epistemic permissibility.

During his spare time, Dr Mehta reads graphic novels, drinks single-malt whisky, and wonders what it is like to be his dog.

Matthew D WALKER

Assistant Professor, Courtesy Joint Appointment

Humanities (Philosophy), Yale-NUS College

Interests

Greek Philosophy, especially Aristotle

Brief Introduction

Dr Matthew D Walker received his BA in Philosophy from Amherst College and his PhD in Philosophy from Yale University. Prior to joining Yale-NUS, Dr Walker was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, a post-doctoral fellow in the Ethics of Virtue at the University of Miami, and a participant in ‘Traditions into Dialogue: Confucianism and Contemporary Virtue Ethics,’ a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Michaelmas term 2014.

As a graduate student at Yale, Dr Walker received Sterling P Lamprecht and Forris Jewett Moore Fellowships in Philosophy from Amherst College, and was a five-time recipient of Yale’s Jacob Cooper Prize in Greek philosophy.

Other Faculty

TEN Chin Liew

Emeritus Professor

Teaching Areas

Legal Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

AY 2017-18 Modules

Brief Introduction

Ten Chin Liew (C.L. Ten) is a professor of philosophy whose main interests are in legal and political philosophy, especially in issues relating to liberty and toleration. Recent appointments include: Professor of Philosophy (Personal Chair) Monash University; Invitation Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Honorary Consultant, Law Reform Commission of Victoria; Visiting Professor, Graduate School, City University of New York; Adjunct Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra Campus. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA) in 1989, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) in 2000. He is on the Editorial Board of several international journals, including Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Utilitas, Journal of Political Philosophy, Bioethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Frank Cameron JACKSON

Lim Chong Yah Professor

Teaching Areas

Philosophy of Mind

AY 2017-18 Modules

PH4212 Issues in Philosophy of Mind/ PH6760 Philosophical Topics (Semester 1)

Brief Introduction

Frank Cameron Jackson took mathematics and philosophy at the University of Melbourne and a PhD in philosophy at La Trobe University. He taught at Adelaide for a year (1967) before moving to La Trobe and then to a chair at Monash (1978). He joined the ANU in 1986 as Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences.

At ANU Jackson has served as Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies (1998-2001), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (2001) and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (2004-2007). He was appointed as Distinguished Professor at ANU in 2003. He retired in 2014 and is now an Emeritus Professor.

Jackson held a half-time appointment at Princeton University from 2007 to 2014. He has held a number of visiting positions, most recently as Leverhulme Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University in 2011. He will be Lim Chong Yah Visiting Professor at The National University of Singapore in 2017. He gave the Locke Lectures at Oxford University in 1995, the Gavin David Young Lectures at Adelaide University in 2012, and will be giving the Carnap Lectures at Ruhr-University in 2017. His most recent book is Language, Names, and Information, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, based on his Blackwell lectures at Brown University.

He is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006.

Lisa RAPHALS

Visiting Professor

Teaching Areas

Chinese Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, History of Philosophy

AY 2017-18 Modules


Brief Introduction

Lisa Raphals is Professor of Chinese/Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside. Her faculty profile at UC Riverside is found here.

LEE Wang-yen

Visiting Fellow

Teaching Areas

Logic, Effective Reasoning

AY 2017-18 Modules

Semester 1 – GEK2048/GET1026 Effective Reasoning
Semester 2 – GEM2006/GET1028 Logic

Brief Introduction

Lee Wang Yen has a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining NUS Department of Philosophy, he taught Logic and Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Science, Critical Thinking in Economics, and Philosophy and Methodology of Research at undergraduate and graduate levels at the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He was a senior research fellow/research co-ordinator at the University of Oxford in 2013-14. He hopes to resume his monograph project on an objective Bayesian account of probabilistic inference, for which he was awarded a Templeton World Charity Foundation grant. He is interested in philosophy of science, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and ethics. His journal articles are in philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of religion.

Joel CHOW

Instructor / NUS Overseas Graduate Scholar

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Teaching Areas

AY 2016-17 Modules

Brief Introduction