Thomas Benda _Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae | Research | Publications | Supervised Theses | Teaching


Curriculum Vitae

Name: Thomas Benda
Mailing Address: Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming University
_____________ 11221 Taipei, Taiwan
Webpage: http://www.ym.edu.tw/phil/en/faculty_benda.html

Education:
Ph.D. in logic and philosophy of science at University of Munich, Germany
Topic of thesis: A Formal Construction of Spacetime

Academic Positions:
2010- Associate Professor and Graduate Consultant, Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
2008-2010 Assistant professor, Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
2004-2008 Assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chungcheng University, Taiwan
2003-2004 Assistant professor, Department of Foreign Languages at Bei-Tai Institute of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
2002-2003 Teacher and computer system administrator, Department of Sinology, University of Munich, Germany

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Research

Areas of Specificity: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Logic
Areas of Qualification: Ethics, Set Theory, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Physics

Research Projects with Taiwan National Science Council:
2010-2013 Paraconsisitency vs. Paracompleteness (Co-worker)
2009-2010 Internationalizing Consciousness Studies in Taiwan (Co-worker)
2008-2009 A formal base of Bohmian quantum relativistic spacetime NSC 97-2410-H-010-004
2005-2006 A formal base of quantum mechanics NSC 94-2411-H-194-006

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Publications

Refereed Papers:

2013 Benda, Thomas. ¡§An axiomatic foundation of relativistic spacetime.¡¨ Synthese, available online, DOI 10.1007/s11229-013-0345-
6.
2010 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Formalizing quantum mechanics without quantum logic¡¨. Studies in Logic, vol. 3, issue 1, pp. 51-72.

2009 Benda, Thomas. ¡§The Difficulties of Constructing a Consistent First-Person Doxastic Logic¡¨. Studies in Logic, vol. 2,
____ issue 2, pp. 30-52.
2009 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Quasi-Set Theory: Can There Be a Set Theory of Non-Individuals?¡¨ In Cheng-Hung Lin (ed.),
____ Philosophy of
Logic, pp. 369-392, Pro-Ed Publishing Company.
2008 Benda, Thomas. ¡§A Formal Construction of a Spacetime Theory.¡¨ Journal of Philosophical Logic, vol. 37, pp. 441-478.

Conference Papers:

2012 Benda, Thomas. ¡§An axiomatic foundation of relativistic spacetime¡¨, presented on the 1st Logic and Relativity Conference in
Honor of Professor Nemeti's 70th Birthday at the Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest, Hungary, September 8-12, 2012.

2010 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Minds, machines and Lucas-Penrose.¡¨ Towards a Science of Consciousness 2010,
____ Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 13-17, 2010.
2009 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Formalizing quantum mechanics without quantum logic.¡¨ The 8th International Conference on Logic
____ and Cognition, Guangzhou, China, November 2-4, 2009.
2009 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Are fermions individuals?¡¨, The Annual Meeting of the British Society for the Philosophy
____ of Science at the University of Southampton, UK, July 13-14, 2009.
2009 Benda, Thomas, "How aliens help us to embrace content internalism." Toward A Science of Consciousness
____ 2009, Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009.
2009 Liu, Nai-Jia and Benda, Thomas, "Can a materialist accept ¡§what is it like to be a bat¡¨?" Toward A Science of
____ Consciousness 2009, Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009.
2009 Benda, Thomas, ¡§What is knowing everything physical?¡¨ Workshop of Yang-Ming University and Soochow University
____ on Philosophy -- Metaphysics , Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2009.
2008 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Quasi-Set Theory: Can There Be a Set Theory of Non-Individuals?¡¨ presented on the Third
____ Cross-Strait Conference on Logic Teaching and Research at Soochow University, May 30, 2008.
2007 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Empirical Beliefs and Their Physical Carrier States¡¨, presented on the Fourth Conference on
____ Experience and Truth at National Taiwan University, November 9-10, 2007.
2007 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Do Everettian branches need to be clearly defined?¡¨, presented on the Annual Meeting of the
____ British Society for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol, July 5-6, 2007.
2006 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Quasi-set theory: Can there be a set theory of non-individuals¡¨, presented on the Third Conference
____ on Experience and Truth at Soochow University, November 24-25, 2006.
2006 Benda, Thomas. ¡§A formal base of Bohmian quantum mechanics¡¨, presented on the Annual Meeting of the British
____ Society for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Southampton, July 6-7, 2006.
2006 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Beliefs as part of non-collapse quantum mechanics¡¨ presented on Conference on Naturalized
____ Epistemology and Philosophy of Science at Soochow University, May 31, 2006.
2006 Benda, Thomas. ¡§In favor of a rigorous foundation of physics and how to perform it¡¨ for the 5th International
____ Conference on Logic and Cognition (ICLC), Guangzhou, China, May 29, 2006.
2005 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Belief, believers, and physical states¡¨, presented on the Second Conference on Experience
____ and Truth at National Taiwan University, June 24-25, 2005.
2005 Benda, Thomas. ¡§Truth and first-person perspective¡¨, presented on the First Conference on Experience and
____ Truth at National Taiwan University, March 11-12, 2005.
1988 Benda, Thomas & Schmeer, Helmut. "A new approach to electromagnetic coupling." IEEE 1988 International
____ Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, pp. 140ff.

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Supervised Theses

1. Nai-jia Liu (¼B¤D¹Å), topic of thesis: ¡§Inductive cosmological argument: Why it is the best choice for people who have faith in God¡¨, begin fall 2008, graduated November 2011.

2. Li-an Yu (´å¥ß¦w), topic of thesis: ¡§Determinism and indeterminism in the light of modern physics¡¨, begin fall 2009, graduated January 2011.

3. Maricelli Soberanis (¯Á§B©g), topic of thesis: ¡§A look at two mental disorders from a philosophical perspective of personal identity¡¨, begin fall 2011, graduated in June 2013.

4. Han-yu Chu (¦±Ãv¦Ð), preliminary topic of thesis: ¡§What we cannot know: The limitations of first-person thought¡¨, begin fall 2011.

5. Hsing-yi Lin (ªL©¯»ö), preliminary topic of thesis: ¡§An epistemic account of delusions¡¨, begin fall 2012.

6. Ching-tang Kao (°ª·q°ó),preliminary topic of thesis: ¡§Altruism and the seeds of moral thought in animals¡¨, begin fall 2013.



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Teaching

Courses at National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Fall 2008: Descartes (general education).
__________Descartes (graduates).
__________Philosophy of mind (graduates).
Spring 2009: European philosophy (general education).
____________European philosophy (graduates).
____________Philosophy of science (graduates).
Fall 2009: Critical thinking (general education).
__________Ethics (general education). __________
__________Presocratic and platonic philosophy (graduates).
Spring 2010: Critical thinking (general education).
____________Quantum mind (graduates).
Fall 2010: Ethics (general education).
__________Personal identity (graduates).
Spring 2011: Ethics (general education).
_______ ____Philosophy of Science (graduates).
Fall 2011: Ethics (general education).
_________Hisroty of Western Philosophy (graduates).
Spring 2012: Ethics (general education).
___________Metaphysics (graduates).
Fall 2012: Ethics (general education).
___________Philosophy of science (graduates).
Spring 2013: Ethics (general education).
___________Early modern European philosophy (graduates).
Fall 2013:Ethics (general education).
___________History of Western philosophy (graduates).
___________Seminar on Kant (graduates).
Spring 2014:Ethics (general education).
___________Kant¡¦s Critiques and ethics (graduates).
___________Seminar on new results in philosophy of mind (graduates).


Previous courses at National Chungcheng University, Taiwan
Fall 2004: Plato¡¦s dialogues (undergraduates).
__________Set theory (undergraduates).
__________Philosophy of quantum theory (graduates).
Spring 2005: Ancient Western philosophy (undergraduates).
____________Plato¡¦s theory of forms (undergraduates).
____________Philosophy of mathematics (graduates).
____________Philosophy of mind (graduates).
Fall 2005: Descartes (undergraduates).
__________Kant¡¦s Critique of pure reason (graduates).
__________Consciousness and intentionality (graduates).
Spring 2006: Leibniz (undergraduates).
____________Platonism in mathematics (graduates).
____________Personal identity (graduates).
Fall 2006: Kant¡¦s Critique of pure reason (undergraduates).
__________Philosophy of infinity (graduates).
__________Contents of thought (graduates).
Spring 2007: Plato¡¦s dialogues (undergraduates).
____________The Enlightenment (undergraduates).
____________Aristotle¡¦s Metaphysics (graduates).
____________Philosophy of mind (graduates).
Fall 2007: Thomas Aquinas and medieval philosophy (undergraduates).
__________Aristotle¡¦s Nicomachean Ethics (undergraduates).
__________Quantum mechanics and the mind (graduates).
Spring 2008: Descartes (undergraduates).
____________Philosophy of mind (graduates).

Previous courses at Munich University, Germany
Summer 2002: Foundations of spacetime theories (graduates).
Winter 2002/03: Meng-tzu and early Confucian thought (graduates).

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