Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visitors


Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

LEE Wang Yen

Post-Doctoral Fellow (Aug 2008 - Jul 2010)

BTh (Singapore Bible College), MPhil., Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)

Interests: Philosophy of Science

Siegfried VAN DUFFEL

Post-Doctoral Fellow (Aug 2008 - Jul 2010)

B.A., M.A. (Ghent), Ph.D. (Ghent)

Interests: Ethics, political theory

KIM Myeong Seok

Post-Doctoral Fellow (Aug 2008 - Jul 2009)

Edward R. MOAD

Visiting Fellow (Aug 2006 - Jul 2007)

Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia

Interests: Islamic Philosophy. Comparative Ethical Theory Metaphysics/Epistemology


Post-doctoral Fellow (Aug 2006 - Jul 2007)
Teaching Fellow (Aug 2007 - Aug 2008)

PhD, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK

LIU Yuli

Post-Doctoral Fellow (Aug 2003 - Jul 2004)

PhD, University of Hull

During her stay in NUS, Liu Yuli worked on the topic of virtue and subsequently co-edited a book titled Conceptions of Virtue: East and West (Marshall Cavendish, 2004) with Chong Kim Chong (former Head of NUS Philosophy Department. After her Post-Doctoral appointment with our department, she joined the Department of Philosophy at the Party School of the Central Committee, Beijing, where she is now Professor.


Professor Gerald GAUS

University of arizona

4 - 19 Aug 2012

Gerald Gaus is the James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, where he directs the program in Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law. He is the author of a number of books, including On Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (2008), Contemporary Theories of Liberalism (2003), Justificatory Liberalism (1996) and Value and Justification (1990). He was a founding editor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. His most recent book is The Order of Public Reason, published by Cambridge in 2011. His main area of work is social and political philosophy, though he rejects the dominant highly idealized and objectivist moral suppositions of the field. His work focuses on how a society can achieve a public moral framework that is freely endorsed by diverse normative perspectives. For more, see his website

Jens Christian BJERRING

Aarhus university, denmark

2 - 23 Feb 2012

Dr Jens Christian Bjerring was awarded his PhD degree in philosophy from the Australian National University in November 2010. Currently, he is lecturing at Aarhus University (Denmark). He is particularly interested in issues in epistemology, philosophy of language, logic, mind and metaphysics.

Professor PENG Guoxiang

Hong Kong University

8 Jan 2012 - 6 Feb 2012

Professor Peng Guoxiang is Professor of Chinese philosophy, intellectual history and religions at Peking University, and the director of the Center for Cultural China Studies at the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies of PKU. He was visiting professor, visiting scholar, and research fellow of universities including University of Hawai’i, Harvard University, Wesleyan University, National Taiwan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, etc. He received many fellowships and awards including Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award bestowed by the Humboldt Foundation and the Ministry for Education and Research of Germany. He was invited to give lectures at universities in the United States, Europe and East Asia. He is secretary general of the Chinese Society for Confucian Studies and board member of the International Confucian Association. He is also a member of the editorial advisors of the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (Europe), the executive editor of the Journal of the History of Chinese Philosophy (Beijing), etc. His publications include four books and more than seventy peer reviewed articles.

Professor Joseph CHAN

Hong Kong University

Nov 2010

Professor SHUN Kwong-Loi

Chinese university of hong kong

Aug 2010

PARK So Jeong

Kon-Kuk University, Korea

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

Park So Jeong (朴素晶) specializes in Chinese philosophy, especially Daoistic aesthetics, and she is enlarging her interest to include Comparative philosophy. She holds degrees in literature and philosophy, having earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Yon-sei University in Seoul in Feb. 2002. The title of her dissertation in Ph.D. is "Chuang Tzu's (莊子) Philosophical Account of Yi-Tao (藝道)--centering on Yue (樂)" [in Korean] She has taught Chinese philosophy and aesthetics, and Korean thought at Yon-sei University, Korean National University of Arts, and Seoul University of Education since 1999, and as a Lecturing professor at Kon-kuk University from 2004 to 2007.

Park's research focuses on aesthetic features in Chinese or Asian tradition, which has been thinking Truth as being able to be achieved through self cultivation and/or self transformation. Her works thus far, "A Philosophical Account of Yin (音) and Sheng (聲) in the Laozi (老子)", "The Naturalism in Korean Music and Nature/Self-so (自然) in Taoistic Musicology" have been mainly published in Korean, except "Harmony and Conflicts in Chinese thoughts on music: focus on Confusianism and Taoism" (Dec. 2006) [in English] and "聲音樂槪念之再考" (Aug. 2003) [in Chinese]. She presented a paper "Art as Dao: Comparative study on the Aesthetic viewpoint in John Dewey and Zhuangzi" in the department on 18th May, and also presented at Conference on Asian Philosophy in Seoul on 1st June, 2007. She will be preparing a paper on comparative study of self-cultivating theory between Empirical naturalism and Daoism.

Dr. Miranda FRICKER

University of london

Aug 2009

Professor David SCHMIDTZ


12 - 16 Aug 2009

David Schmidtz is the Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. After graduating from Arizona in 1988, he spent the next six years at Yale, the first three as assistant prof, the last three as associate prof. Along the way, he spent a year at Chapel Hill, one at Kansas State, three semesters at Bowling Green, then returned to the University of Arizona in 1995. He taught first year Property at Florida State College of Law in fall 2007. His work ranges from ethics to political philosophy to environmental ethics. His books include Elements of Justice (Cambridge, 2006), Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works, co-editor with Elizabeth Willott (Oxford, 2002), Robert Nozick, editor (Cambridge, 2002), and Rational Choice and Moral Agency (Princeton, 1995). He is currently working on three new books: A Brief History of Liberty (with Jason Brennan), The Purpose of Moral Theory, and Singer Under Fire.

HO Chien-hsing

Associate Professor, Nanhua University, Taiwan

Jan 2009 - Jul 2009

Ho Chien-hsing specializes in Buddhist epistemology, Mahayana philosophy, Eastern philosophy of language and philosophy of religion. He holds degrees in philosophy, having earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Delhi in 1999. His visit is funded by the Department of International Cooperation, National Science Council of Taiwan.

Ho's current research focuses on a comparative study of linguistic thoughts of Zhuangzi's and Jizang's. His publications include "The Finger Pointing toward the Moon: A Philosophical Analysis of the Chinese Buddhist Thought of Reference"; "Consciousness and Self-awareness"; "Saying the Unsayable"; "How Not to Avoid Speaking - A Free Exposition of Dignaga's Apoha Doctrine". He presented papers "Language and Intuition: An Indian Grammarian Perspective," at the Third Academic Conference on Indology, in National Chengchi University in 2007; "Consciousness and Self-awareness: A Buddhist Epistemological Perspective" at the International Conference on the Interaction of Concepts between Eastern and Western Philosophy in National Taiwan University and "The Finger Pointing toward the Moon: A Philosophical Analysis of the Chinese Buddhist Thought of Reference," at the Themes in Buddhist Literature in Harvard University in 2006. He was awarded the research award by National Science Council in 2000 and from 2005 to 2008.

Professor Henry ROSEMONT


Apr 2009

Professor Jeanne PEIJNENBURG

Full Professor, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Feb 2009 - Mar 2009

Jeanne Peijnenburg is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Head of Research, in the University of Groningen. She studied linguistics and philosophy at the Universities of Amsterdam, Nijmegen, and Groningen, where she received her PhD in Philosophy in 1996. She is author and co-editor of several books, including Cognitive Structure in Scientific Inquiry and Confirmation, Empirical Progress and Truth Approximation,  and serves as the editor for four academic journals. She has published many academic papers in English and in Dutch including: "Acting Rationally with Irrational Strategies," in Reasoning, Rationality, and Probability; Infinitism Regained, Mind; "Reichenbach's Posits Reposited," Erkenntnis; "Achilles, the Tortoise, and Colliding Balls," History of Philosophy Quarterly; "Probabilistic Justification and the Regress Problem," Studia Logica. She was invited to be the organiser of, and speaker at, several conferences and workshops conducted by a number of Universities including the University of Hong Kong, Australian National University and the University of Louvain. During her visit, she will be writing a paper with the provisional title "An Agnostic View of Epistemic Justification". She intends to complete and develop a methodology of an argument concerning epistemological foundationalism.


Associate professor, Henan Normal University
China Vice Dean of Scientific Research and Graduate Affairs, Institute for Science, Society and Technology.

Sep 2007 - Sep 2008

Liu Ke (刘科) specializes in philosophy of technology and bioethics. He holds degrees in science and philosophy, having earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Northeastern University in China in 2003. He has taught Philosophy of Technology, Theory of Natural Dialectics and Topics in STS at Henan Normal University since 1997. His visit is funded by a scholarship awarded by the China Scholarship Council (PRC). His current research focuses on social issues in relation to modern biotechnology and its ethical significance and implications. His recent publications (in Chinese) include "The Technology of Human Cloning and the Flashiness and Lack of Substance Behind Its Social Phenomena"; "On the Impossibility of Neutrality of Technology in Modern Society"; "The Social Diffusion of Concept of Cloning Technology and the Media's Social Responsibility"; "Advanced Anticipations of the Development of Cloning Technology and the Appropriate Intervention of Ethical Ideas"; "Anti-Human Cloning Movement in the World of Science: Reason and Choice"; "Analysis of the Principle and Approach of Directing the Development of Genetic Engineering Technology With Humanistic Values." He has published a book, "An Analysis of the Value of Cloning Technology and Arguments about Its Social Function" (Chinese Social Science Press, 2004).

Mauro Cardoso SIMÕES

21 Apr 2008 - 31 Jul 2008

Mauro Cardoso Simões has an MPhil from Pontifical University of Campinas and a PhD in Philosophy from Unicamp (State University of Campinas), Brazil. While he  specializes in Ethics and Political Philosophy, his main research interests include John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, Paternalism, Liberty and Autonomy, Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Law.

Mauro has taught Ethics, Contemporary Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge at the Unifae University Center and Philosophy of Law at the Unicuritiba University Center (Brazil). Before that, he was an Assistant Professor at Pontifical University of Paraná from 2001 to 2003. Mauro is a member of the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Estudios Utilitaristas (SIEU), Spain and the Association for Graduate Studies in Philosophy (ANPOF) Brazil. 

He is the author of Nietzsche, the writing and the moral (Campinas: Alínea, 2003) and John Stuart Mill & Liberty (Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor, 2008). Mauro is currently preparing a book on Mill's Political Thought, translating the book Was Mill a Liberal? (C.L.Ten) to Portuguese and organizing a book event on Mill in Brazil.


Professor, University of Brasilia

Sep 2007 - Feb 2008

Scott Randall Paine specializes in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, History of Medieval European Philosophy (13th century) and Comparative Philosophy (East and West). He holds degrees in literature, theology and philosophy, having earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1989. He has pursued post-doctoral studies on analogical knowledge in Thomas Aquinas at the Jesuit Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich. He has taught at the Institutum Sapientiae of the Order of the Holy Cross, Anápolis, Brazil, the Archdiocesan School of Theology and the Archdiocesan Major Seminary (both of Brasilia) and, as professor since 1995 at the University of Brasilia. He is also director of the University of Brasilia research group in philosophy of religion, and founding member of the nation-wide study group of the Association for Graduate Studies in Philosophy (ANPOF). Courses conducted by him in a wide area of philosophical interest include Metaphysics, Philosophical Anthropology, German Idealism, Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion and Comparative Philosophy. His other interests in the area of philosophy of religion include the proposed links between the Christian concepts of creation/incarnation/resurrection and the rise of modern science in Europe, and the development of approaches to inter-religious understanding that preclude both relativism and reductionism. More recently, interest in Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion have drawn his current research into questions regarding the status of the individual, metaphysically and anthropologically understood, in Eastern thought. Paine is currently based in Singapore for a six-month sabbatical for research and travel. His cautious hope is to discover analogues to the Western notion of the person in Oriental philosophy.

Paine is the author of The Universe and Mr. Chesterton (Sherwood Sugden, 1999), a philosophical appraisal of the pre-rational grasp of first principles in both theoretical and moral modes as conceived in the works of Thomas Aquinas and illustrated in the writings of the English thinker G. K. Chesterton. The book is a reworking of his doctoral dissertation and a Portuguese translation is due to be out next year in Brazil. Other writings, in both Portuguese and English, are available online (including his introduction to the autobiography of Chesterton, which he also edited) or as book chapters and articles in religious and philosophical journals. Most recent of these include a chapter "Religion and Religions: A Question of Only of Grammar?" in Themes in Religious Studies; an article "The Obstinate Fact of Religion: The Orient Reorients the Occident" (in Portuguese) in the São Paulo Review of Religious Studies (2007); and "The Seven Signa: Implications of a Medieval Notion" (in Portuguese), a reconsideration of the Medieval theory of signum, in Mediaevalia: Intellect and Imagination in Medieval Philosophy (2006). Paine is currently preparing a book on the origin and development of the notion of a person in Western philosophy and hopes both to supplement and counterpoint the preparations with new insights into how the idea of individual identity has been articulated in Eastern thought. He is also assembling an anthology of the works of the British Thomist and comparative philosopher, Bernard Kelly.


Nov 2007 - Dec 2007

Loren Lomasky is best known for his work in moral and political philosophy. His book Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community (Oxford University Press, 1987) established his reputation as a leading advocate of a rights-based approach to moral and social issues. He co-authored with G. Brennan Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and co-edited with G. Brennan Politics and Process: New Essays in Democratic Theory (Cambridge University Press, 1989). Lomasky has been the recipient of many awards including the 1991 Matchette Prize for his book Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community. Professor Lomasky has held research appointments sponsored by the NEH, the Center for the Study of Public Choice, the Australian National University and Bowling Green's Social Philosophy and Policy Center. Professor Lomasky's teaching interests include the philosophy of religion, medieval philosophy and other episodes in the history of philosophy as well as many topics in moral and political philosophy.


Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Aug 2007 - Sep 2007

Brook Ziporyn specializes in Chinese Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. He earned the Ph.D. in Chinese philosophy at the University of Michigan and has taught Buddhism and Chinese thought at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, the Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Taiwan, and Northwestern University (since 1998). Ziporyn's research focuses on metaphysical, axiological and epistemological developments in Chinese thought and religion, and on comparative philosophical issues emerging from the encounter between Indo-European and Sinitic thinking as evidenced in Chinese Buddhism, especially Tiantai, and the implications of this encounter for contemporary thought. His published books in intellectual history, religion and philosophy include Evil And/Or/As the Good: Omnicentric Holism, Intersubjectivity and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought (Harvard University Press, 2000), The Penumbra Unbound, The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang (State University of New York Press, 2003) and Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Buddhism (Open Court Press, 2004). He has also published several novels. Ziporyn has presented two papers thus far in the department, "The Deluded Mind as World and Truth: Epistemological Implications of Tiantai Doctrine and Praxis in the Works of Jingxi Zhanran (711-782)" and "Form, Principle, Pattern, or Coherence? Li 理 in Chinese Philosophy". On top of this, he would also be preparing a translation of the Taoist classic, Zhuangzi, with selections from traditional commentaries and explanatory glosses, during his visit.


Professor, University of California, Riverside

Apr 2006 - May 2006

Lisa Raphals is Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature and Cooperating Faculty in Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and Book Review Editor, Philosophy East & West. Her interests are in comparative philosophy and history of science. She is author of Knowing Words: Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece (Cornell, 1982) Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China (SUNY, 1998) and articles including "Skeptical Strategies in the Zhuangzi and Theaetetus" (Philosophy East & West 1994); "Arguments by Women in Early Chinese Sources" (Nan Nu 2002); "Gender and Virtue in Greece and China" (Journal of Chinese Philosophy 2002); "A Chinese Eratosthenes' Reconsidered: Chinese and Greek Calculations and Categories" (East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine 2002); and "Fate, Fortune, Chance and Luck in Chinese and Greek: A Comparative Semantic History" (Philosophy East & West 2003). Raphals presented a paper on "Debates on Divination: A Comparative Perspective" in the department on 5 May 2006.