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  • Publish Date:2022/08/01
    Modify Date:2024/06/19
Jay Jian
  • Position:Assistant Research Fellow
  • TEL:+886-2-37897243
  • Email:jayjian@gate.sinica.edu.tw
  • Assistant’s Name:Ching-An Chen
  • Assistant’s Phone:+886-2-37897208
  • Assistant’s Email:chingan@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Jay Jian


  • DPhil in Philosophy, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2015-2020)
  • BPhil in Philosophy, The Queen's College, University of Oxford (2013-2015)
  • Bachelor of Laws in Law and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, National Taiwan University (2006-2011)


  • Tenure-Track Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (2022/08-)
  • Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University (08/2021-07/2022)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University (01/2021-07/2021)
  • Non-stipendiary Lecturer, St John’s College, University of Oxford (10/2016-01/2017, 10/2017-01/2018)


  • Meta-ethics, Philosophy of Action, Ethics, Rationality and Normativity


Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. “Rational Norms for Degreed Intention (and the Discrepancy between Theoretical and Practical Reason),”

Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2023) 101(2): 360–374.

2. “Intention,” (in Chinese)

The ChineseEncyclopedia of Philosophy (2022).

3. “Misinformation, Subjectivism, and the Rational Criticizability of Desire,”

Philosophical Studies (2021) 178(3): 845-66.


1. ”Instrumental Agency and the Pre-conditions of Ends”

04/2024 Annual Laval Agency Conference, Laval University (scheduled)

2. ”Self-Defeat and Means-End Incoherence”

01/2024 The 10th  Workshop on Normativity and Reasoning, NYU Abu Dhabi (invited)

3. ”Putting Things in Order”

05/2024 The 2nd  Annual Workshop on Value Theory, Lund University (scheduled)

12/2023 The 5th  Taiwan Philosophical Logic Colloquium, National Taiwan University (invited)

12/2023 Faculty Colloquium, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (invited)

4. ”Rational Choice Beyond the Comparative Frame”

04/2023 The 30th  Inter-University Workshop on Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Valencia

5. ”Do Reasons Transmit to the Pre-conditions of Reasons?”

04/2023 2023 Pacific Division Meeting (Colloquium), American Philosophical Association

05/2022 Workshop on Reasons, Ought, and Normative Transmission, Humboldt University

6. ”Can Epistemic Defects Provide Practical Defeaters?”

03/2023 Workshop on Knowledge, Rationality, and Defeat, Hiroshima University (invited)

7. ”Distorted Perception and Irrational Evaluation,”

09/2022  Conference on Apprehending Value, PThU Amsterdam

8. “Comparative Judgment and Evaluation”

08/2022 Work-in-Progress Seminar, Academia Sinica (invited)

04/2022 Workshop on Mind and Judgment, National Taiwan University (invited)

9. “Some Rational Problems with Comparative Valuing”

01/2022 2022 Eastern Division Meeting (Colloquium), American Philosophical Association

08/2021 The 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado

07/2021 The 95th Joint Session, Aristotelian Society & the Mind Association

04/2021 Faculty Colloquium, National Chung Cheng University (invited)

10. “The Constitutive Norms and Justification for Commitment”

09/2021 Conference on Preferences, Commitments and Choice, University of Zurich

11. “The Internalist Connection between Intention and All-Things-Considered Judgment”

02/2021 Central Division Meeting (Colloquium), American Philosophical Association

12. ”Re-motivating the Internalist Constraint”

11/2020 Workshop on Metaethics and Metaepistemology, University of Vienna

13. “Do We Have a Reason to Do What We Desire to Do?”

11/2020 Faculty Colloquium, Soochow University (invited)

14. “Value and Reason in the Face of Misinformation”

08/2020 Faculty Colloquium, National Tsing Hua University (invited)

15. “In Defense of the Executive Conception of Instrumental Rationality”

03/2020 Slippery Slope Normativity Summit, Inland Norway University

07/2019 The 5th Annual Southern Normativity Group Conference, Cardiff University

16. “Why Intention Presupposes Mental Unity”

10/2019 Action and Ethics: How, Why, Ought, University of Utah

08/2019 New Horizons in Action and Agency, University of Helsinki

17. “An Analysis of the Structure of Instrumental Irrationality and Executive Vice”

07/2019 The 93rd Joint Session, Aristotelian Society & the Mind Association, University of Durham

03/2019 Tennessee Value and Agency Conference, University of Tennessee

18. “Subjectivism and Two Kinds of Authenticity”

12/2018 Lake Geneva Graduate Conference, University of Neuchâtel

19. “The Rational Irrelevance of Desire Strength”

11/2018 Ockham Society, University of Oxford

20. “Misinformed Desire and the Foundations of Subjectivism”

03/2018 Connecticut Graduate Conference in Philosophy, University of Connecticut

04/2017 Stockholm Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Stockholm

21. “Davidson’s Constitutivist Picture of Practical Rationality”

11/2017 Workshop on Donald Davidson's Philosophy, National Taiwan University

22. “Agency, Instrumental Rationality, and the Hierarchy of Desires”

09/2017 Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy, University of Salzburg

23. “How Can Ends Be Rationally Criticized under Instrumental Rationality?”

02/2017 DPhil Seminar, University of Oxford

24. “Instrumental Rationality and the Cognitive Grounding of Desire”

01/2017 Ockham Society, University of Oxford

25. “Two Constraints on Subjectivist Theories of Normative Reason”

07/2016 The 5th Understanding Value Conference, University of Sheffield

26. “Moral Motivation, Goal, and Background Beliefs”

06/2014 Ockham Society, University of Oxford