|B.Econ (Renmin University); M.Phil (Peking University); Ph.D (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)|
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I have mainly worked in two branches of philosophy—namely, mind and ethics—and strived to develop a robust version of anti-reductionism in each domain. I also conduct some research in metaphysics (causation; grounding), epistemology (explanation; intuition), political philosophy (liberalism; distributive justice), and comparative philosophy (Confucianism). I have been widely regarded as a leading Chinese analytic philosopher and as one of the best philosophers of mind in Asia.
I always aim to address relatively “big” philosophical issues in my articles (typically excluding discussion notes and critical commentaries, which I have never written). I have a special interest in developing positive philosophical accounts and elaborating their theoretical merits in contrast with competing approaches. My work puts an equal emphasis on the roles of analysis and synthesis, and attempts to reveal the connections among apparently different topics at a deeper level and in a broader context. I have been consciously adopting the methodology of what John Rawls calls reflective equilibrium, the goal of which is to achieve a coherence between particular judgments and general principles while taking multiple theoretical needs into consideration.
My research has repeatedly appeared in top philosophy journals and stimulated many responses and discussions in reputable peer-reviewed venues. My account of mental causation is listed in the key works of the “Exclusion Problem” entry in the PhilPapers index, and also acknowledged in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. A conference discussing my work was organized in Shanghai in 2015. Some of my articles have been translated into Chinese by other scholars. I have received the Research Excellence Award (2020) and the Young Researcher Award (2017) of CUHK. A report of my research was published on the University’s homepage in August 2018. I have also been appointed as a member of Humanities and Social Sciences Panel in Hong Kong Research Grants Council.
When not doing philosophy, I especially enjoy reading Classical Chinese poetry. I have long held a bold, but correct, view that the aesthetic values of Chinese poetry are significantly greater than those of Western poetry; I’d like to argue with anyone who thinks otherwise (whereas I don’t hold a similar view on Chinese novels, painting, and music). I have also found much fun in watching American movie and TV series, playing table tennis, and exploring country parks.
1. Zhong, Lei (2020) “Physicalism without Supervenience,” Philosophical Studies. Early View. DOI: 10.1007/s11098-020-01494-z.
2. Zhong, Lei (2020) “Intervention, Fixation, and Supervenient Causation,” Journal of Philosophy 117(6): 293-314.
3. Zhong, Lei (2020) “Taking Emergentism Seriously,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 98(1): 31-46.
4. Zhong, Lei (2019) “The Hard Problem for Soft Moral Realism,” Journal of Philosophy 116(10): 555-576.
5. Zhong, Lei (2017) “Semantic Normativity and Semantic Causality,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 94(3): 626-645.
6. Zhong, Lei (2016) “Physicalism, Psychism, and Phenomenalism,” Journal of Philosophy 113(11): 572-590.
7. Zhong, Lei (2014) “Sophisticated Exclusion and Sophisticated Causation,” Journal of Philosophy 111(7): 341-360.
8. Zhong, Lei (2012) “Counterfactuals, Regularity and the Autonomy Approach,” Analysis 72(1): 75-85.
9. Zhong, Lei (2011) “Can Counterfactuals Solve the Exclusion Problem?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83(1): 129-147.
[Here are listed only the articles that I have published in the “Top Ten” general philosophy journals (i.e., Philosophical Review, Journal of Philosophy, Noûs, Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophical Quarterly, and Analysis).
For what it’s worth, I have thus far kept the record of publishing the most articles in the top 10 journals in the greater China region (and in East Asia). I am sure that this record will be broken sooner or later, but just wonder when that will happen.