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[2013/03/15] Dr. Kai-Yuan Cheng Receives the 2012 Outstanding Research Award of National Science Council
Dr. Kai-Yuan Cheng Receives the 2012 Outstanding Research Award of National Science Council

[2013/03/15]

Dr. Kai-Yuan Cheng Receives the 2012 Outstanding Research Award of National Science Council

Dr. Kai-Yuan Cheng, currently Professor at the Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition in the School of Humanities and Social Science, receives the 2012 Outstanding Research Award of National Science Council. Dr. Cheng's research in the past few years has focused on the semantics and metaphysics of rule-following and dispositions, and also on the nature of self from analytic and cross-cultural perspectives. His papers have been published in international journals such as Philosophical Studies, Philosophy East and West, Minds and Machines, Grazer Philosophische Studien, etc.

One important contribution which Dr. Cheng has made is to develop a semantic analysis of rule-following ascriptions based on a study of generics from a cognitive approach. Dr. Cheng adopts a similar cognitive-pragmatic approach to analyze hedge terms such as "other things being equal" widely used in special sciences like economics and medicine.

Another breakthrough of Dr. Cheng's work is in the area of Chinese Philosophy. He gives a novel interpretation of the dream of the butterfly in the Zhuangzi where it is shown that a main part of the famous "Qiwulun" chapter expresses a deep puzzle about the nature of self and that an ingenious argument is hidden in the dream of the butterfly passage to solve that puzzle. This research opens up a new gate to understanding Daoist Philosophy in a contemporary context.

Dr. Cheng will continue to research on meaning and mind and Daoist Philosophy from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Dr. Kai-Yuan Cheng

Dr. Kai-Yuan Cheng


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