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 PapersG
2016 Benda, Thomas. "A relational doxastic Logic". Studies in Logic, forthcoming.
2015 Benda, Thomas. "An axiomatic foundation of relativistic spacetime." Synthese 192, pp. 2009–2024.
2013 Benda, Thomas. “An axiomatic foundation of relativistic spacetime.”Synthese, available online, DOI
@@10.1007/s11229-013-0345-6.
2012 Benda, Thomas. “ Subjective probability, its scope and how it may be formalized” In Su Ch'ing-Hui and
@@Peng Meng-Yao (eds.), Logic, Knowledge, Probability, pp. 215-237. Taipei: Pro-Ed Publishing Company
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 PapersG

International Conference Papers
2016 Benda, Thomas. "An abstract ontology of relativistic spacetime" presented at the Fourth Spacetime
@@ Conference of the Hermann Minkowski Society, Varna, Bulgaria, May 30 - June 2, 2016.
2015 Benda, Thomas. "How a Bohmian field theory could look" presented at the Second Logic, Relativity &
@@Beyond Conference at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest, Hungary, August 9-13, 2015.
2015 Benda, Thomas. "The logical form of physical statements", presented on the 15th Congress of Logic,
@@Methodology and Philosophy of Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland, August 3-7, 2015.
2015 Benda, Thomas. "A relational doxastic logic" presented on the Logic Colloquium 2015 at the University of
@@Helsinki, August 3-7, 2015.
2015 Benda, Thomas. "Formalizing vagueness as a doxastic and relational concept" presented on the Logic
@@Colloquium 2014 in Vienna, July 13-19, 2014.
2013 Benda, Thomas. "Non-individuals and quasi-set theory", presented on the 23rd World Congress of
@@Philosophy at the University of Athens, August 04-10, 2013.
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 8-12,2012.012
2012 Benda, Thomas, " Can Hypercomputing Devices Rescue the Mechanist? ", Toward a Science of
@@Consciousness 2012, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2012.
2011 Benda, Thomas. "What objective probability could be?", 14th Congress of Logic,Methodology and
____ Philosophy of Science, Nancy, France, 2011.
2011 Benda, Thomas. "An axiomatic foundation of relativistic spacetime and (possibly) the GTR", British @@Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting 2011, Sussex, UK, 2011.
2011 Benda, Thomas. "How aliens help us to embrace content internalism", The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of
@@the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Kyoto, Japan, June 6-9, 2011.
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.


Conference papers presented in China
2009 Benda, Thomas. "Formalizing quantum mechanics without quantum logic" presented on the 8th
@@International Conference on Logic and Cognition (ICLC), Guangzhou, China, November 2-4, 2009.
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.

Conference papers presented in Taiwan
2014 Benda, Thomas. "Formalizing vagueness" presented on the 2014 Conference on Epistemology and
@@Logic at National Taiwan University, Novenber 20-23, 2014.
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.
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. "Beliefs as part of non-collapse quantum mechanics" presented on the Conference on
@@Naturalized Epistemology and Philosophy of Science at Soochow University, May 31, 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.

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Supervised Theses

1. National Chungcheng University

Szu-yan Lin (L), topic of thesis: “A compound view of personal identity”, begin fall 2006, graduated December 2008.
Qing-yu Cai (), topic of thesis: “Searching the best version of quantum mechanics--Bohmian mechanics and Everettian interpretation”, begin fall 2006, graduated June 2013.

2. National Yangming University

Nai-jia Liu (BD), 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.
Li-an Yu (ߦw), topic of thesis: “Determinism and indeterminism in the light of modern physics”, begin fall 2009, graduated January 2011.
Maricelli Soberanis (Bg), topic of thesis: “A look at two mental disorders from a philosophical perspective of personal identity”, begin fall 2011, graduated in June 2013.
Han-yü Chu (v), topic of thesis: “What we cannot know: Essential I and outside world”, begin fall 2011, graduated in May 2015.
Hsing-yi Lin (L), preliminary topic of thesis: “An epistemic account of delusions”, begin fall 2012.
Ching-tang Kao (q), topic of thesis: “The two-worlds hypothesis: An error of the evolutionary debunking theory”, begin fall 2013, graduated in January 2016.
Abraham Lim (Lִ), topic of thesis: “Constructive Empiricism and the role of time in it”, begin fall 2014.
Hsien-chih Chiu (㴼), preliminary topic of thesis: “Approaching psychological disorders philosophically”, begin fall 2014.
Wesley Leach () , preliminary topic of thesis: “Grounds of morality”, begin fall 2014.
Alvin Yung (ήl), preliminary topic of thesis: “The Subject and the Individual / No Self as No Individual”, begin fall 2016.
Yu-chen Chen (ts), preliminary topic of thesis: “Self-awareness in the healing experience from the point of view of phenomenolgy”, begin fall 2016.
Chen-fan Wei (Q|), preliminary topic of thesis: “The relation between the ?laya-vijñ?na of the eight conscious ways and the philosophy of mind”, begin fall 2016.
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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).
___________Kants Critiques and ethics (graduates).
___________Seminar on new results in philosophy of mind (graduates).


Previous courses at National Chungcheng University, Taiwan
Fall 2004: Platos dialogues (undergraduates).
__________Set theory (undergraduates).
__________Philosophy of quantum theory (graduates).
Spring 2005: Ancient Western philosophy (undergraduates).
____________Platos theory of forms (undergraduates).
____________Philosophy of mathematics (graduates).
____________Philosophy of mind (graduates).
Fall 2005: Descartes (undergraduates).
__________Kants Critique of pure reason (graduates).
__________Consciousness and intentionality (graduates).
Spring 2006: Leibniz (undergraduates).
____________Platonism in mathematics (graduates).
____________Personal identity (graduates).
Fall 2006: Kants Critique of pure reason (undergraduates).
__________Philosophy of infinity (graduates).
__________Contents of thought (graduates).
Spring 2007: Platos dialogues (undergraduates).
____________The Enlightenment (undergraduates).
____________Aristotles Metaphysics (graduates).
____________Philosophy of mind (graduates).
Fall 2007: Thomas Aquinas and medieval philosophy (undergraduates).
__________Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics (undergraduates).
__________Quantum mechanics and the mind (graduates).
Spring 2008: Descartes (undergraduates).
____________Philosophy of mind (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).
@@@@ History 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).
Fall 2014: Ethics (general education).
@@@@ Philosophy of science (graduates).
@@@@@Seminar on quantum physics and the mind (graduates).
Spring 2015: Ethics (general education).
@@@@@@Personal identity (graduates).
Fall 2016: Ethics (general education).
@@@@ German Philosophy after Kant (graduates).
Spring 2017: Ethics (general education).
@@@@@@Metaphysics (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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