Overview
The Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition at National Yang Ming University is dedicated to research and teaching in contemporary Western analytical philosophy, with an emphasis on Philosophy of Mind. Research is performed with a unique orientation towards high quality, making the institute a premier location in the field within Eastern Asia. So far, in a single year of existence, several publications in international journals of high reputation have been achieved. International academic exchange is given importance by inviting prominent philosophical scholars from abroad, attending international conferences and making cooperation agreements with renowned universities worldwide.


Research Topics

1) Consciousness Studies: to study the sensory and perceptual conscious experience, brain neurosystem, and the structural correlation (the mind-brain problems), investigate the metaphysics and epistemology problems in relation to consciousness.
2) Connectionism and Neural Network Modeling: to study how neural network models integrate the development in brain science, and investigate the physical (physiological) mechanism of mind-cognition phenomena.
3) Intentionality and Content: to study how to determine the intentional content of human and animals, such as beliefs, desires; and investigate the possible theoretical frameworks and relevant philosophical problems.
4) Theories of Mind: to investigate how human and animals develop a set of mind concepts to understand other¡¦s psychological state and content, and explore the relationship between congenital concept and learning.
5) Computation and Cognition: to study the logic and computation theory basis and application in philosophy of mind and cognitive science.


Recent Publications
Refered Papers

  1. Houng, Y. H. (2009). ¡§Philosophical Issues about Levels of Analysis.¡¨ Wiley Interdisciplinary Review: Cognitive Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; submitted and under review.
  2. Houng, Y. H. (2009). ¡§Godel's Theorem, Skolem's Paradox and the Problem of Consciousness¡¨ In Cheng-Hung Lin (ed.), Philosophy of Logic, pp. 295-326, Pro-Ed Publishing Company.
  3. Wang, W. F. (2009).Introduction to Philosophy of Language, San Min Book Co., forthcoming).
  4. Wang, W. F. (2009). Book review: ¡§On Spandrels of Truth,¡¨ Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, (electronic journal, ISBN: 1538-1617), 2009/11/08. Website: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=18007.
  5. Wang, W. F. (2009).¡§A, qua an S, is F.¡¨Philosophical Studies 2009, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; forthcoming.
  6. Benda, T. (2009). ¡§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.
  7. Benda, T. (2009). ¡§The Difficulties of Constructing a Consistent First-Person Doxastic Logic¡¨. To appear in
    Studies in Logic
    , vol. 2, issue 2.
  8. Zhu, J. (2010). On the principle of intention agglomeration, Synthese; forthcoming.

Conference Papers

  1. Ying-tung Lin and Allen Y. Houng . (2011). "The Significance of Confabulation?to Human Cognition" Toward A Science of Consciousness 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-8, 2011.
  2. Ling-Fong Kuo and Allen Y. Houng . (2011). "Is Personal Identity The Wrong Question To Ask?" Toward A Science of Consciousness 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-8, 2011.
  3. Yao-Wen Hsieh and Allen Y. Houng . (2011). "Are Schizophrenic Experiences Exceptions To The Shoemaker's Principle Of Immunity To Error Through Misidentification?" Toward A Science of Consciousness 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-8, 2011.
  4. Hui-Ming Chin and Allen Y. Houng . (2011). "Does self reference require the capacity of using the first-person pronounce ¡§I¡¨ ? " Toward A Science of Consciousness 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-8, 2011.
  5. Yin-Ting Wen and Jing Zhu (2011). "Do animals have episodic memory?" Toward A Science of Consciousness 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-8, 2011.
  6. Chien, P. and Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§A new way of explaining schizophrenia and the immunity to error through misidentification¡¨ The 14th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2010.
  7. Lin, C. H. and Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§A possibility of a non-unified representational self-consciousness¡¨ The 14th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2010.
  8. Lin, Y. T. and Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§Do dementia patients lose their self?¡¨ The 14th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2010.
  9. Hung, C. Y. and Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§The detectable consciousness and the phenomenology¡¨ The 14th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2010.
  10. Hsu, S. P. and Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§Can Subjectivity be Explained Away?¡¨ The 14th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2010.
  11. Kuo, L. F. and Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§Do we need the environment to determine the content of consciousness?¡¨ The 14th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2010.
  12. Chien, P. & Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§An Argument Against the Ability Hypothesis¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  13. Hsu, S. P. & Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§Are Our Phenomenal World Opaque?¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  14. Hung, C. Y. & Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§The Detectable Consciousness ¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  15. Lin, C. H. & Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§From the Self-Awareness to the Other Minds¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  16. Lin, Y. T. & Houng, Y. H. (2010). ¡§Mary, No Pain, No Gain¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  17. Houng. Y. H. (2009). ¡§The General Cognitive Abilities of Human Beings.¡¨The Conference of ?Forensic Psychology 2009, Judicial Personnel Study Center of the Judicial Yuan, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2, 2009.
  18. Houng. Y. H. (2009). ¡§A Philosophical Reflection on Self and Dementia Debate.¡¨ Neuroscience of ethics and decision making: philosophy, ethics and policy issues of "seeing the mind.¡¨ Taipei, Taiwan, November 21, 2009.
  19. Chien, P. and Houng. Y. H. (2009). ¡§A Non-reductive Approach to the Problem of Mental Causation.¡¨ Toward A Science of Consciousness 2009, Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009.
  20. Yang. Y. J. and Houng, Y. H. (2009). ¡§Troubles with Reductionism: can we reduce consciousness?¡¨ Toward A Science of Consciousness 2009, Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009.
  21. Lin, C. H. and Houng, Y. H. (2009). ¡§Qualia are time bound.¡¨ Toward A Science of Consciousness 2009, Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009.
  22. Yang. Y. J. and Houng, Y. H. (2009). ¡§Is the Revival of Mind-body Identity Theory Possible?¡¨ The 13th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2009.
  23. Chien, P. and Houng. Y. H. (2009). ¡§The Dilemma of Inverted Spectrum Thought Experiment.¡¨The 13th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2009.
  24. Houng, Y. H. (2009). ¡§Ontological Emergence and Physicalism.¡¨ Workshop of Yang-Ming University and Soochow University on Philosophy -- Metaphysics, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2009.
  25. Wang, W. F. (2009). ¡§On Bell¡¦s Deflated Dialetheic Theory of Truth.¡¨ The 8th International Conference on Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 2-4, 2009.
  26. Wang, W. F. (2009). ¡§A, as an S, is F.¡¨ The 4th Cross-Strait Logic Conference, Hong Kong, China, June 24-25, 2009.
  27. Wang, W. F. (2009). ¡§A, as an S, is F.¡¨ Workshop of Yang-Ming University and Soochow University on Philosophy -- Metaphysics , Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2009.
  28. Wang, W. F. (2009). ¡§Necessary Identity and Contingent Identity ¡¨ The 5th China Analytic Philosophy Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, April 11-12, 2009.
  29. Benda, T. (2010). ¡§Minds, Machines, and Lucas-Penrose¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  30. Benda, T. (2009). "Formalizing quantum mechanics without quantum logic", International Conference on Logic and Cognition(ICLC) 2009, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 2-4, 2009.
  31. Benda, T. (2009). "Non-individuals and quasi-set theory", Annual Conference British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2009, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, July 13-14, 2009.
  32. Benda, T. (2009). ¡§How aliens help us to embrace content internalism.¡¨ Toward A Science of Consciousness 2009, Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009.
  33. Liu, N. J. and Benda, T. (2009). ¡§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.
  34. Benda, T. (2009). ¡§What is knowing everything physical?¡¨ Workshop of Yang-Ming University and Soochow University on Philosophy -- Metaphysics , Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2009.
  35. Zhu, J. (2009). ¡§What is Cognitive Sciences (discussion)¡¨, The 14th National Conference on Philosophy of Science, Wuhan, China, November 17-20, 2009.
  36. Zhu, J. (2009). ¡§Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences (discussion)¡¨, The 14th National Conference on Philosophy of Science, Wuhan, China, November 17-20, 2009.
  37. Zhu, J. (2009). ¡§Aspects of Intentionality¡¨, Minds and Machines Workshop 2009, Kunming, China, August 3-5, 2009¡C
  38. Kuo, T. (2010). ¡§Still Being Someone¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  39. Liu, J. Y. (2010). ¡§The human mind may be a Turing-machine-like system even if theLucas-Penrose argument is right¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.
  40. Yu, L. A. (2010). ¡§Is there a room for free will in many-worlds?¡¨, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2010, Arizona, United States, April 12-17, 2010.


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