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    Revisiting the Exchange between Zhuangzi and Huizi on Qing
    with Lin Ma
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (1): 133-148. 2021.
    In this article we focus on the famous dialogue between Zhuangzi 莊子 and Huizi 惠子 concerning the question whether or not ren 人 have qing 情. Most scholars have understood qing in this exchange as referring to “feelings” or “emotions.” We take issue with such readings. First, we demonstrate that, while Huizi probably understands qing as something like feelings or emotions, Zhuangzi’s view is that having qing is connected with making shifei 是非 judgments whereas having no qing means that shifei has n…Read more
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    The main argument of the book under review, 'Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy,' is to show that one can find a pluralistic theory of shí 實 in the Lunheng, “prepared” by a range of sources in the Warring States Period in China. This argument is not convincing because of small inconsistencies and major unsupported stipulations. Nevertheless the book contains many perceptive and suggestive remarks concerning the texts discussed.
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    Universities and appropriate development
    SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science 1. 1978.
    status: published.
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    status: published.
  •  2
    Cognitive scientism of science
    Psycoloquy 5 (7). 1994.
    status: published.
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    The meanings of meaning
    Stanford Humanities Review 4 (1). 1994.
    status: published.
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    status: published.
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    The empirical stance and the colour war
    Divinatio: Studia Culturologica Series 20. 2004.
    status: published.
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    Measurement and Meaningfulness
    Acta IMEKO 3 (1). 2014.
    status: published.
  •  2
    Heidegger and the reversed order of science and technology
    with Lin Ma
    The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology 70. 2014.
    status: published.
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    František Wald's Empiricism
    Hyle: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry 19 (2). 2013.
    In this paper I present an ordered selection of citations from František Wald's publications and correspondence to give some idea of how he fitted in his times, how his views were received by contemporaries, and to illustrate his epistemological views. I highlight the originality of Wald's aim to develop a theory of chemistry on the basis of the concept of 'phase', instead of the concepts of compound and element. In chemistry there has been a vast increase in substances that are phases, which ma…Read more
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    Prehistory of the Philosophy of Chemistry
    Philosophy of Chemistry 6. 2012.
    Throughout the history of philosophy, chemical concepts and theories have appeared in the work of philosophers, both as examples and as topics of discussion in their own right, and scientists themselves have often engaged with theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues that fall within what one would now recognize as philosophy of chemistry. This chapter offers a summary of the history of philosophy of chemistry since Kant, alongside a critical examination of why chemistry has been releg…Read more
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    Chemical Engineering Science
    Philosophy of Chemistry 6. 2012.
    status: published.
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    Substances: The Ontology of Chemistry
    Philosophy of Chemistry 6. 2012.
    status: published.
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    Extension of Family Resemblance Concepts as a Necessary Condition of Interpretation across Traditions
    with Lin Ma
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 14 (4): 475-497. 2015.
    In this paper we extend Wittgenstein’s notion of family resemblance to translation, interpretation, and comparison across traditions. There is no need for universals. This holds for everyday concepts such as green and qing 青, philosophical concepts such as emotion and qing 情, as well as philosophical categories such as form of life and dao 道. These notions as well as all other concepts from whatever tradition are family resemblance concepts. We introduce the notion of quasi-universal, which conn…Read more
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    On the Interpreter’s Choices: Making Hermeneutic Relativity Explicit
    with Lin Ma
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 17 (4): 453-478. 2018.
    In this essay, we explore the various aspects of hermeneutic relativity that have rarely been explicitly discussed. Our notion of “hermeneutic relativity” can be seen as an extension, with significant revisions, of Gadamer’s notion of Vorurteil. It refers to various choices and constraints of the interpreter, including beliefs concerning the best way of doing philosophy, what criteria are to be used to evaluate competing interpretations, and so on. The interpreter cannot completely eliminate the…Read more
  •  8
    A Theory of Interpretation for Comparative and Chinese Philosophy
    with Lin Ma
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (4): 575-589. 2016.
    Why should interpretation of conceptual schemes and practices across traditions work at all? In this paper we present the following necessary conditions of possibility for interpretation in comparative and Chinese philosophy: the interpreter must presuppose that there are mutually recognizable human practices; the interpreter must presuppose that “the other” is, on the whole, sincere, consistent, and right; the interpreter must be committed to certain epistemic virtues. Some of these necessary c…Read more
  •  8
    On the Interpreter’s Choices: Making Hermeneutic Relativity Explicit
    with Lin Ma
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 17 (4): 453-478. 2018.
    In this essay, we explore the various aspects of hermeneutic relativity that have rarely been explicitly discussed. Our notion of “hermeneutic relativity” can be seen as an extension, with significant revisions, of Gadamer’s notion of Vorurteil. It refers to various choices and constraints of the interpreter, including beliefs concerning the best way of doing philosophy, what criteria are to be used to evaluate competing interpretations, and so on. The interpreter cannot completely eliminate the…Read more
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    (Hard ernst) 126–132 corrigendum
    with Erik J. Olsson, Believing More, and U. Kriegel
    Erkenntnis 57 (1): 457-458. 2002.
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    Moral and political implications of pragmatism
    with Barbara3 Saunders
    Journal of Value Inquiry 23 (4): 259-274. 1989.
    status: published.
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    Revisiting Wittgenstein on Family Resemblance and Colour
    with Lin Ma
    Philosophical Investigations 39 (3): 254-280. 2016.
    © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd We argue that all general concepts are family resemblance concepts. These include concepts introduced by ostension, such as colour. Concepts of colour and of each of the specific colours are family resemblance concepts because similarities concerning an open-ended range of colour or of appearance features crop up and disappear. After discussing the notion of “same colour” and Wittgenstein's use of the phrase “our colours”, we suggest family resemblance concepts in on…Read more
  • Filosofie van de wetenschappen
    with J. van den Brink
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 52 (3): 556-556. 1990.
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    Philosophy of Chemistry
    Erkenntnis 56 (2): 252-256. 2002.
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    The limited belief in chance
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 22 (3): 499-513. 1991.
    In a rarely quoted paper, published in 1958 in the American Journal of Physics, T. Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa introduced the idea that the concept of chance as employed in physics is subject to what she called a ‘Limited Belief in Chance’. In this paper I elaborate the latter concept and the distinction between absolute chance and relative randomness, where the latter, but not the former, is governed by the theory of probability. I argue that in the twentieth century virtually nobody believes serious…Read more
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    Conventions In Naming
    Philosophy Research Archives 8 243-277. 1982.
    Conventions in the use of names are discussed, particularly names of linguistic expressions. Also the reference of measure terms like ‘kg’ is discussed, and it is found analogous in important respects to expression names. Some new light is shed on the token-type distinction. Applications to versions of the liar paradox are shown. The use of quotation marks is critically examined.