Associate Professor

B.Econ (Renmin); M.Phil (Peking); Ph.D (Michigan)
Rm 424

Brief Biography

I have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Renmin University of China, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Peking University, and a PhD degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I joined the Department of Philosophy of CUHK in January 2014.

My main areas of research are philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. I aim to defend both the robustness and distinctiveness of mind/morality, and to develop a unifying anti-reductionist position in the two domains. I have published repeatedly in leading philosophy journals, including Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Australasian Journal of PhilosophyAnalysis, and Erkenntnis. My work on mental causation has stimulated many responses in international peer-reviewed journals. My research is listed in the key works of the ‘Exclusion Problem’ entry on PhilPapers, and also cited in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Some of my articles have been translated by others into Chinese.

When not doing philosophy, I enjoy reading traditional Chinese literature, watching American TV series, going to movie theaters, and exploring country parks.

Research Interests

  1. Philosophy of Mind
  2. Moral Philosophy
  3. Metaphysics
  4. Political Philosophy
  5. Comparative Philosophy

Selected Publications

  1. Zhong, Lei (forthcoming) “Taking Emergentism Seriously,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
  2. Tang, Yingying and Zhong, Lei (2018) “Prioritarianism without Consequentialism,” Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia 59: 943-956.
  3. Zhong, Lei (2017) “Semantic Normativity and Semantic Causality,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 94: 626-645.
  4. Zhong, Lei (2017) “Parallelism Revived (平行主義的復興),” Journal of Dialectics of Nature《自然辯證法通訊》39: 1-10. Keynote article in the “Mental Causation” column of this issue. Translated into Chinese by Xin Dong.
  5. Zhong, Lei (2016) “Physicalism, Psychism, and Phenomenalism,” The Journal of Philosophy 113: 572-590.
  6. Zhong, Lei (2016) “Exclusion in Morality,” Grazer Philosophische Studien 93: 275-290.
  7. Zhong, Lei (2016) “A Confucian Virtue Theory of Supererogation,” Philosophy East and West 66: 328-341.
  8. Zhong, Lei (2015) “Why the Counterfactualist Should Still Worry About Downward Causation,” Erkenntnis 80: 159-171.
  9. Zhong, Lei (2014) “Sophisticated Exclusion and Sophisticated Causation,” The Journal of Philosophy 111: 341-360. Translated into Chinese by Yuetao Ding and reprinted in Tsinghua Studies in Western Philosophy《清華西方哲學研究》, Volume II, 121-143, 2016.
  10. Zhong, Lei (2013) “Internalism, Emotionism, and the Psychopathy Challenge,” Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology 20: 329-337.
  11. Tang, Yingying and Zhong, Lei (2013) “Toward a Demystification of Egalitarianism,” The Philosophical Forum 44: 149-163.
  12. Zhong, Lei (2012) “An Explanatory Challenge to Moral Reductionism,” Theoria 78: 309-325.
  13. Zhong, Lei (2012) “Counterfactuals, Regularity and the Autonomy Approach,” Analysis 72: 75-85.
  14. Zhong, Lei (2011) “A Unificationist Vindication of Moral Explanation,” The Philosophical Forum 42: 131-146.
  15. Zhong, Lei (2011) “Can Counterfactuals Solve the Exclusion Problem?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83: 129-147.