Education

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 2017

      Thesis: Metaphysical Naturalism and the Ignorance of Categorical Properties;

      Supervisor: David Braddon-Mitchell; examiners: Frank Jackson, Lei Zhong, Justine Kingsbury

  • BA Honours (First Class), Monash University, 2011

      Thesis: Religious Diversity as a New Argument from Non-Belief

      Supervisor: Graham Oppy

  • BA, Monash University, 2010

Appointments and professional positions

  • Secretary-General, the Taiwan Association for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (LMPST) , 2020-present.

  • Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University, 2018-present.

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Melbourne, 2017-2018.

  • Teaching Assistant, Monash University, 2017.

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Sydney, 2012-2013.

Awards

  • Special Outstanding Talent Award, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, 2018-2021.

  • University of Sydney International Scholarship, University of Sydney, 2012.

  • Faculty of Arts Honours Merit Scholarship, Monash University, 2011.

 

Areas

  • Areas of specialization:

Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of religion

  • Areas of competence:

Political philosophy, philosophy of cognitive science, meta-ethics, epistemology

Publications

Articles:

  1. Chan, L.C.* & Latham, A.J. (online first, accepted 2021), 'The Possibility of Emergent Conscious Causal Powers', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, https://doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2021.1946830 (A&HCI)

  2. Chan, L.C.* (2021), ‘Russellian Physicalism and its Dilemma’, Philosophical Studies, vol.178, pp. 2043–2062. (A&HCI)

  3. Chan, L.C.* (2021), ‘Humility Regarding Intrinsic Properties’, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, https://iep.utm.edu/humili-p/

  4. Chan, L.C.* (2021), ‘On Characterizing Metaphysical Naturalism’, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Mind, vol. 1, pp. 232-260.

  5. Chan, L.C.*, Braddon-Mitchell, D. & Latham, A.J. (2020), ‘Alien Worlds, Alien Laws, and the Humean Conceivability Argument’, Ratio, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-13. (A&HCI)

  6. Chan, L.C.* (2020), ‘Can the Russellian Monist Escape the Epiphenomenalist’s Paradox?’, in Grasso, M. & Marmodoro, A. (eds.), Topoi, special issue on mental powers, vol. 39, pp. 1093–1102. (A&HCI)

  7. Chan, L.C.* & Latham, A.J. (2019), ‘Four Meta-methods for the Study of Qualia’, Erkenntnis, vol. 84, no. 1, pp. 145-167. (A&HCI)

  8. Chan, L.C.* (2018), ‘Emergentism and the contingent solubility of salt’, Theoria, vol. 84, pp. 309-324. (A&HCI)

  9. Latham, A.J.*, Ellis, C., Chan, L.C. & Braddon-Mitchell, D. (2017), ‘The Validation of Consciousness Meters: The Idiosyncratic and Intransitive Sequence of Conscious Levels’, Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol. 24, no. 3-4, pp. 103-111. (SSCI; A&HCI)

Translation:

  • Chan, L.C. (in progress), Chinese Translation of J. L. Schellenberg's Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason, Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, sponsored by 'The Global Philosophy of Religion Project' of the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion and the John Templeton Foundation.

Grants

  • Chan, L.C. (2021-2022), ‘Global Philosophy of Religion Translation Grant: Translation of J.L. Schellenberg's Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason’, the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion & the John Templeton Foundation, UK, £10,000 (approx. 390,000NTD).

  • Chan, L.C. (2020), 'Subsidies for international professionals' short-term visits: Prof. John Christopher Bigelow 2020/04/15~2020/05/02', the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, MOST109-2912-I-002-521 (Approved; cancelled due to COVID-19)

  • Chan, L.C. (2019-2022), 'New Issues in the Metaphysics of Qualia: Methodologies, Theories, and Applications', the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, MOST108-2410-H-002-241-MY3

Academic activities organized

  • 'Analytic Philosophy of Religion in Asia' Online Workshop, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 16-18 Nov 2020. (Keynote speakers: Leo KC Cheung, Timothy O'Connor, Graham Oppy)

  • The Philosophy and Science of Consciousness: Seminars on Current Interdisciplinary Studies, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2020, 5/21, 5/28 & 6/04.

  • Past President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, Prof. John Bigelow's Google Meet Seminar Series, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2020, 4/23, 4/24 & 5/01.

  • (with Chin-mu Yang) The 4th Taiwan Metaphysics Colloquium, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 8-10 Jan 2020. (Keynote speakers: Hartry Field, Daniel Stoljar)

  • (with Chi-keung Chan) 1st Joint Philosophy Symposium of NTU-CUHK, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 3-4 Dec 2019.

Courses taught

 

Postgraduate:

  • ‘Seminars on Religious Belief’, National Taiwan University.

  • ‘Conceptions of Physicalism’, National Taiwan University.

  • ‘Overview of Philosophy of Matter’, National Taiwan University.

Undergraduate:

  • ‘Metaphysics’, National Taiwan University.

  • ‘Philosophy of Mind’, National Taiwan University.

  • ‘Introduction to Philosophy of Consciousness’, National Taiwan University.

  • ‘Western Philosophy of Religion’, National Taiwan University.

  • ‘Introduction to Philosophy’, National Taiwan University.

Tutored courses:

  • ‘The Nature of Reality’, University of Melbourne.

  • ‘Philosophy of Religion’, Monash University.

  • ‘God, Freedom, and Evil’ (twice), Monash University.

  • ‘Philosophy of Mind’ (twice), University of Sydney.

  • ‘Reality, Ethics, and Beauty’ (first-year introductory course), University of Sydney.

 

Presentations

Conferences and workshops:

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Two Wings of the Secularist Enlightenment Project’, Philosophy and Social Practice: The 2nd Joint Philosophy Symposium of NTU-CUHK, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 15 Dec 2020.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Divine Creation and Human Errors’, 'Analytic Philosophy of Religion in Asia' Online Workshop, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 16-18 Nov 2020.

  • Chan, L.C. & Fang, W. ‘Physicalism about Mind and Realism about Hierarchical Structures’, The 4th Taiwan Metaphysics Colloquium, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan,8-10 Jan 2020.

  • Chan, L.C. & Fang, W. ‘Physicalism about Mind and Realism about Hierarchical Structures’, Workshop on Causation and Causal Selection in Biology, Peking University, Beijing, Mainland China, 6 Jan 2020.

  • Chan, L.C. & Latham, A.J. ‘Pat Lewtas on Emergent Conscious Powers’, 1st Joint Philosophy Symposium of NTU-CUHK, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 3-4 Dec 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. & Latham, A.J. ‘Pat Lewtas on Emergent Conscious Powers’, The Annual Conference of Taiwan Philosophical Association, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 9-10 November 2019.

  • Chan, L.C., Latham, A.J., & Braddon-Mitchell, D. ‘Bringing Consciousness Back Down to Earth’, The Second Young Scholar Workshop in Science and Philosophy, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Mainland China, 21-23 Sept 2019.

  • Chan, L.C., Latham, A.J. & Braddon-Mitchell, D. ‘Bringing Consciousness Back Down to Earth’, Workshop on Interdisciplinary Philosophy, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, 5-6 June 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. and Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-Methods for the Study of Qualia, and a Realism about Mental Representation’,1st Joint Symposium of NTU-Scranton on ‘Language and Reality’, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 30-31 May 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘A Problem for Russellian Physicalism’, Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China, 25-26 May 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘A Problem for Russellian Physicalism’, 2nd Joint Workshop of NTU-Kyoto on ‘Self and Subjectivity: from Multi-cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 22 March 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘A Dilemma for Russellian Physicalism’, Artificial Intelligence Beyond Now, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya, Japan, 26 January 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. and Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-Methods for the Study of Qualia, and a Realism about Mental Representation’, Consciousness Research Network Meeting, Okazaki, Japan, 23-25 January 2019.

  • Chan, L.C., and Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-Methods for the Study of Qualia, and a Realism about Mental Representation’, The First Young Scholar Workshop in Science and Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 15-16 September 2018. Pp. 2-13.

  • Chan, L.C. & Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-methods for the Study of Qualia’, Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference, Canberra, Australia, September 2016.

  • Chan, L.C., Latham, A.J. & Braddon-Mitchell, D. ‘The Argument from Modal Intuition against Dispositionalism’, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, July 2016.

  • Chan, L.C. & Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-approaches to the Study of Qualia’, Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference, Melbourne, Australia, November 2015.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘A New Approach to the Disciplinary Characterization of Physicalism’, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, July 2015.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Langton's Argument from Modal Intuition for Epistemic Humility’, Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference, Melbourne, Australia, September 2013.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Causal Role Changing and the Unknowability of Fundamental Properties’, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, July 2013.

 

Commentaries:

  • Chan, L.C.,〈評張峰賓《A Naturalistic Approach to Normativity》〉, 東吳大學人文社會學院教師研究成果發表會,Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, Apr 2020.

  • Chan, L.C., ‘Commentary on Alexandre Erler’s “What Makes Us Who We Are? A Critique of Narrative Approaches to Identity”’, 1st Joint Philosophy Symposium of NTU-CUHK, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Dec 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Commentary on Riho Sato's ‘God’s Perception and Point of View’’, Kyoto-NTU Philosophy Colloquium of Graduate Students: Self, Subjectivity and Consciousness, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, March 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Commentary on Ying-Tung Lin's ‘Problems of Artificial Consciousness and Inspirations of Social Theory’’, Workshop on AI and Philosophy (II), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2018.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Commentary on Duen-Min Deng's ‘Grounding, Fundamentality, and the Cosmological Argument’’, The Annual Conference of Taiwan Philosophical Association, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2018.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Commentary on Zixia Zhang's ‘To What Extent does the Extended Mind Extend?’’, The First Young Scholar Workshop in Science and Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, September 2018.

 

University seminars:

  • Chan, L.C., Sato, R., & Latham, A.J.,〈道德偏誤與罪惡問題〉, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Mainland China, 9 Jul 2020.

  • Chan, L.C., Sato, R., & Latham, A.J.,〈道德偏誤是上帝的失敗設計嗎?〉, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, 18 Dec 2019.

  • Chan, L.C., ‘A Dilemma for Russellian Physicalism’, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Mainland China, 19 Sept 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘A Dilemma for Russellian Physicalism’, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 17 April 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘A Dilemma for Russellian Physicalism’, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan, 20 March 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. & Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-methods for the Study of Qualia’, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 11 March 2019.

  • Chan, L.C. & Latham, A.J. ‘Four Meta-methods for the Study of Qualia’, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, 19 October 2018.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Can the Russellian monist escape the epiphenomenalist’s paradox?’, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, April 2018.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Can the Russellian monist escape the epiphenomenalist’s paradox?’, the University of Sydney, Current Projects, Sydney, Australia, May 2017.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Can the Russellian monist escape the epiphenomenalist’s paradox?’, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, April 2017.

  • Chan, L.C. ‘Why the Argument from Modal Intuition is Unsound’, Australian National University, Philosophy Society Seminar, Canberra, Australia, November 2015.

Professional services

Community service:

  • Secretary-General, the Taiwan Association for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (LMPST) , 2020-present.

Refereeing (international journals):

  • Philosophers' Imprint, 2020.

  • Erkenntnis, 2020.

  • Synthese, 2019.

  • Erkenntnis, 2019.

  • Erkenntnis, 2017.

  • Topoi, 2017.

Refereeing (miscellaneous):

  • 歐美研究 (EurAmerica), Taiwanese journal

  • 山東科技大學學報(社會科學版)(Journal of Shandong University of Science and Technology(Social Sciences) ), Mainland Chinese journal