ZHENG Yujian

Visiting Scholar

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD (Philosophy), Bowling Green State University (1989 – 1995)
  • MA (Philosophy), Renmin University, Beijing, PRC (1984 – 1987)
  • BS (Engineering Mechanics), Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai, PRC (1980 – 1984)

Areas of Interest

Normativity & Rationality, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science (esp. evolutionary theory), Rational Choice Theory, Social and Moral Philosophy.

Work Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (2020 Aug – )
  • Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (2002 – 2020 Aug)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, & School of General Education, Lingnan College/University (1995 – 2002)
  • Teaching Fellow, Bowling Green State University (1991 – 1993)
  • Assistant Research Fellow, Chinese Academy of Science (1987 – 1989)

Publications

  • Zheng, Y.J. (forthcoming), “Interpretational Paradox, Implicit Normativity, and Human Nature: Revisiting Weakness of Will from a Perspective of Comparative Philosophy”, Dao.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (forthcoming), “沼澤人疑難與歷時整體論 (The Swampman Puzzle and Diachronic Holism)”, 哲學研究 (Philosophical Study).
  • Zheng, Y.J. (forthcoming), “The Swampman Puzzle and Diachronic Holism”, Philosophical Forum.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (forthcoming), “回顧式必然性──一種涉及進化邏輯的新模態觀念 (Retrospective necessity – a new modal notion about the logic of evolution)”, 外国哲学 (Foreign Philosophy).
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2015), “Emerged Content and Dynamic Normativity”, Dynamic Being – Essays in Process-Relational Ontology, Vesselin Petrov and Adam C. Scarfe (ed.), pp. 146-161, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2015), “規範性的三元結構 (The Tripartite Structure of Normativity)”, 世界哲學 (World Philosophy), Vol. 2015, Issue 4, pp. 106-115, 哲學研究雜誌社.
  • McDowell, J., Tang, H., Zheng, Y. et al. (2014), “麥克道爾哲學訪談錄 (Interview with McDowell: Philosophical Fragments)”, 現代哲學 (Modern Philosophy), Vol. 134, Issue 3, pp. 57-65, 現代哲學雜誌社 (Modern Philosophy Periodical Office).
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2013), 讀同塵先生文集書後 (Postscript of Collected Works of Wang Tongchen), 國家圖書館出版社 (National Library Press), Dec 2013.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2013), “A critique of Dretske’s view on Swampman”, Proceedings of the Philosophy Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, jointly by Philosophy Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow journal and Global Science & Technology Forum, Singapore, Dec 2013.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2013), “Why is Swampman not a Zombie?”, Proceedings of the Experience and Concept — Symposium on McDowell and Sellars, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, Oct 2013.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2013), “知覺內容、規範其本體論解釋 (Perceptual Content, Norm and Ontological Explanation)”, 世界哲學 (World Philosophy), Vol. 2013, Issue 1, pp.123-132, 哲學研究雜誌社, Jan 2013.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2011), “Perceptual Objectivity and Evolutionary Normativity,” Proceedings of Conference on Burge’s Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophers Serial, Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2011), 歐洲的覺醒 (第二版) (2nd Edition Chinese Translation of The Awakening of Europe, by Philippe Wolff) , 商務印書館 (The Commercial Press, China), 280 pages.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2010), “Re-enchantment of Nature: McDowell and Merleau-Ponty on Perception,” in Phenomenology 2010, Zeta Books.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2008), 知識的拱門 (Chinese Translation of The Arch of Knowledge, by David Oldroyd), 商務印書館 The Commercial Press, Nov 2008, 710 Pages.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2008), “Unconscious Intentionality and the Status of Normativity in Searle’s Philosophy – with Comparative Reference to Traditional Chinese Thought”, Searle’s Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement, Bo Mou (ed.), Brill Academic Publishers, the Netherlands.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2008), “Memes, Mind, and Normativity”, Culture, Nature, Memes: Dynamic Cognitive Theories, Thorsten Botz-Bornstein (ed.), pp. 191 -201, Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2008), ” 戴維森、規範性與跨文化理解的陷阱 (Davidson, Normativity, and Pitfalls in Cross-cultural Understanding)”, 外國哲學 (Foreign Philosophy), Vol. 19, pp. 95 -107, 北京大學出版社.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2007), “Normative Connection and Re-enchantment of Nature”, International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 3 -23, Common Ground Publisher, Jan 2007.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2006), “Davisonian Approach to Normativity & limits of Cross-cultural Interpretation”, Philosophical Engagement: Davidson and Chinese Philosophy, Bo Mou (ed.), pp. 189 -203, Brill Academic Publishers, the Netherlands.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2006), “消極自由與理性的局限 (Negative Liberty and Limits of Reason)”, 哲學門 (Beida Journal of Philosophy), Vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 50 -62, Peking University, Beijing, Winter 2006.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2006), “意向性、規範性與社會科學 (Intentionality, Normativity, & Social Sciences)”, 《社會科學研究:方法評論》(第一輯), 雷少波 (ed.), 重慶大學出版社
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2006), “Ex Ante vs. Ex Post Rationalization of Action”, The Proceedings of The Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy, Ioanna Kucuradi (ed.), pp.137-142, Philosophical Society of Turkey, 2006.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2006), “Contextuality and Non-substantialist Stance in Dynamic Choice: Reflection on a Case Study in Analytical Philosophy”, International Journal for Field Being, Vol. 3, International Institute for Field-Being, Fairfield University, USA, 2006.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2005), “世界由去魅到複魅(From Disenchantment to Re-enchantment of the World – a Self-redemptive Path for Empiricism)”, 年度學術 2005 (Theoria 2005), 趙汀尣 (ed.), pp. 20 -38, 中僐人民大學出版社, Jul 2005.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2004), “道德運氣與規範性 (Moral Luck and Normativity)”, 世界哲學 (World Philosophy), Vol. 2004, Issue 6, pp. 66 -72, 哲學研究雜誌社, Nov 2004.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2003), “A Tacit Form of Comparative Philosophy: Reflection on a Case Study in Analytical Philosophy”, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. II, No. 2, 291-309.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2003), “A Non-substantialist Approach to Practical Reason”, International Journal for Field Being (Special edition on Whitehead).
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2001), “Akrasia, Picoeconomics, and a Rational Reconstruction of Judgment Formation in Dynamic Choice”, Philosophical Studies 104, 227-251.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2001), “Irrationality, Normativity & Practical Paradoxes” (in Chinese), Beida Journal of Philosophy (Beijing) 2, 15-31.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2001), “Nationalism & Rational Choice” (in Chinese), in J. Tao & R. Oiu eds., Value and Society. Vol. 3. Beijing: Chinese Social Science Press. (Invited)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2000), “Rationality, Impartiality & Morality in Dynamic Choice” (in Chinese), Philosophical Forum, (Taiwan) 33, 130-151.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1998), “Market Paradigm & the Rational Origins of Morality” (in Chinese) in J. Tao & R. Oiu eds., Value and Society. Vol. 2. Beijing: Chinese Social Science Press.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1998), “Instrumental & Intrinsic Values of Market” (in Chinese) J. Tao & R. Oiu eds., Value and Society. Vol. 2. Beijing: Chinese Social Science Press.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1997), “Marxism and Rational Choice Theory: A Methodological Dialogue” (in Chinese) Journal of Philosophy Society, AAHKUSU, Vol.19. (Invited)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1995), Motivation, Deliberation, and Rationality for Dynamic Choice (PhD dissertation; also in microfilm), Bowling Green State University.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1990), The Awakening of Europe (Chinese Translation from English) , Beijing: Commercial Press, 1990, Translation, (by Wolff, P. English translation from French by Certer, A. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1985.)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1989), et. al., trs. Dictionary of the History of Science. Bynum, W. F.; Browne, E. J. and Porter, R. Princeton University Press; (all items in Philosophy of Science). Wuhan: Hubei Science & Technology Press.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1988), “Paradoxes of System and Their Unifying Mechanism” (in Chinese), in Philosophical Explorations of the Science of Systems, Beijing: Renmin University of China Press.

Papers presented at Conferences

  • Zheng, Y.J. (Jan 2015), “Origins of content — an introduction to Diachronic Holism”, Invited talks in Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
  • Zheng Y.J. (Aug 2013), “Diachronic Holism and Dynamic Normativity”, World Congress of Philosophy 2013, WCP Organizing Committee, Athens, Greece.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Jun 2012), “Evolution-bound Normativity and External Reasons,” Sofia International Conference in Ontology (SICO 2012), Bulgaria.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (May 2012), “Teleo-semantic function & beyond: the frog case revisited,” Workshop on the Work of Michael Devitt, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Aug 2011), “A Tripartite Structure of Normativity,” the 4th Metaethics Workshop, Center for Advanced Studies in Philosophy and Phenomenology, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Nov 2010), “Three Notions of Normativity,” Metaphysics Workshop, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. (Also at the 4th Metaethics Workshop, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 2011)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (May 2010), “Introduction to Normativism,” Center for the Study of Language and Cognition, Zhejiang University, China.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Apr 2009), “Comments on A Preliminary Study of Wang Yang-ming’s Thesis of Xing Ji Qi” , ACPA Group Session, APA Pacific Division Meeting, The American Philosophical Association, Vancouver.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Dec 2008), “Re-enchantment of Nature: McDowell and Merleau-Ponty on Perception” , OPO III World Conference on Phenomenology: Nature, Culture and Existence, co-organised by the Edwin Cheng Foundation Asian Centre for Phenomenology and the Department of Philosophy, both of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); in collaboration with Chung Chi College, CUHK; the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, USA (CARP); and the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations (OPO).
  • Zheng, Y.J. (May 2007), “Memes, mind, and normativity” , International conference on Cognition and the Study of Culture, Centre for the Study of Cognition and Language, Zhejiang University, Hang Zhou, China.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Jul 2006), “The Connection Principle and Re-enchantment of Nature” , 4th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Catharge University, Tunisia, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Mar 2006), “Normative Answerability of Experience and Retrospective Enchantment of Nature” , Conference on McDowell’s Philosophy, Insititute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, Xing Zhu, China/Taiwan.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Jul 2005) “當代分析哲學中的規範性觀念和行為理論” , 中西哲學比較研究的研討班, 上海社會科學院哲學所, Shanghai, China.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Jun 2005), “意向性、規範性與社會科學 (Intentionality, normativity, & social sciences)” , 《社會學與人類學方法論觀念》研討會, 北京大學社會學人類學所, Beijing, China.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Dec 2004), “Nature as Text vs. Reason as Reality” , Text & Reality – Interpretational Issues in Humanities, Division of Humanities, HKUST, Hong Kong.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Nov 2004) “世界由去魅到複魅― 經驗主義的自贖 (From Disenchantment to Re-enchantment of the World)” , Philosophy-Day Program (Beijing), UNESCO, & CASS, Beijing, China, an invited keynote presentation.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (Jul 2004) “Moral Luck and Normativity” , 2nd International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (8 June 2004) “Davidsonian Approach to Normativity and the Limit of Cross-cultural Understanding,” invited presentation at a colloquium in the Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, PRC.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (8 – 11 January 2004) “Normativity and Evolution,” presented at the 2nd Hawaii international conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (10 -17 August 2003)
    • “Davidson and Dennett: Two Lines of Normative Approach in Philosophy of Mind”,
    • “Ex Ante vs. Ex Post Rationalization of Action”;
    • “A Tacit Form of Comparative Philosophy”.

    All the above three were presented at the XXIst World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy Facing World Problems, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Zheng Y.J. (2002) “The Space of Causes vs. the Space of Reasons: Some Observation on a Unique Approach in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy,” an invited seminar for the Fifth Anniversary of the Institute of Thought, East China Normal University, Shanghai, October 23.
  • Zheng Y.J. (2002) “Contextuality and Non-substantialist Stance in Dynamic Choice”, presented at the 6th Symposium on Field-being and the Non-substantialistic Turn, Xi’an Jiao Tong University, Xi’an, China, August 10-16.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2001) “Intrapersonal Bargaining, Rule-following, and Rational Morality”, presented at the International Conference on Chinese Culture in Global Dialogue, June 25-27, Shanghai.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2001) “Is There Universal Justification for Negative Liberty in the Global Age?” presented at the International Conference on Philosophy and Globalization, Guangzhou, July 2-4.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2000) “A Non-substantial Approach to Practical Reason”, presented at the 4th Symposium on Field-being and the Non-substantialistic Turn, the International Institute for Field-being, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, August 9-13, 2000.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1999) “Nationalism Revisited”, presented at Eastern Division meeting of American Philosophical Association, Boston, USA, December 27-30, 1999. (Refereed)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1999) “A Decision Theoretical Approach to Trust and Altruistic Attitudes”, presented (as an invited, prepared commentary) at the ACPA panel in the Pacific Division meeting of American Philosophical Association, Berkeley, California, USA, March 31- April 3, 1999.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1998) “Weakness of Will and Pico-economic Model of Mind”, presented at the Pacific Division meeting of American Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, USA, March 25-28, 1998. (Refereed)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1998, August) “How Genuine Is the Paradox of Irrationality?” presented at the official program of 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, USA, August 10-16, 1998. (Refereed)
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1997). “A Rational Choice Approach to Nationalism”, presented at 5th Annual Conference on Nationalism and Patriotism: Reflections & Re-appraisal, School of General Education of Lingnan College, Hong Kong, June, 1997.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1996). “Ulysses and the Repeated Sirens,” presented at 4th Annual Conference on Values and Society, General Education Division of Lingnan College, Hong Kong, June, 1996.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1996). “Self-reward, Symbolic Utility, and Moral Transcendence,” presented in the monthly colloquium of Hong Kong Philosophy Society.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1996). “Motivation and Rationality,” presented in the monthly seminar of Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK.

Projects of Research Grant & Fellowship

  • Zheng, Y.J. (2013) University Direct Grant for Research on “Perceptual and Functional Content: A Neo-interpretivist Approach”.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2009) University Direct Grant for Research on “Normativity, Intentionality, and Evolution”.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2002) Faculty Research Grant on “Davidsonian Approach to Normativity”.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2000) University internal-grant research project on “Foundational as well as Applicational Issuesa in the Interdisciplinary Area of Rational Choice Theory, Moral Psychology and Institutional Theory”.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (2000) Sino-British Fellowship for participating in the special international conference on “Philosophy of Action”, Center of Philosophy, University of Manchester, UK, May 19-21, 2000.
  • Zheng, Y.J. (1998) College small-grant research project on “Preparatory Exploration of Some Theoretical Issues in the Overlapping Domains of Rational Choice Theory, Ethics, Cognitive & Behavioral Sciences”.

Scholarly Activities and Community Services

  • Member, Form-6 Ethics & Religious Studies Committee, Hong Kong Examination Authority
  • Member, International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy
  • Member, The International Institute for Field-Being
  • Book-review Editor for Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy
  • International Member, American Philosophical Association
  • Founding Member, Association of Chinese Philosophers in America
  • Member, Hong Kong Philosophy Society
  • Chair, Chinese Student & Scholar Association, Bowling Green State, 1994.
  • Special-invited Chief Writer, Tian An Meng, A Documentary TV series about contemporary Chinese culture, Chinese Central Television Network, 1989.
  • Invited Editor, Towards the Future (one of the most popular book series on world ideas, and also an academic journal, in 1980’s China) 1988 – 1989.
  • Consultant in Expert Team of Mid- & Long-term Socioeconomic Programme for Hainan Province, representing Chinese Academy of Science, 1988 – 1989.
  • Executive Writer, the Research program for studying Soviet-Eastern European Policies in Science & Technology, International Division in the Institute of Policy & Management Science, Chinese Academy of Science, 1987 – 1988.
  • Chief English Interpreter, Institute of Policy & Management Science, Chinese Academy of Science 1987 – 1989.