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  • Publish Date:2016/10/11
    Modify Date:2021/07/19
Norman Y. Teng
  • Position:Distinguished Research Fellow and Director
  • TEL:+886-(02)-37897253; +886-(02)-37897201
  • FAX:+886-(02)-27827616
  • Email:adea@gate.sinica.edu.tw
  • Assistant’s Name:Hsin-Wen Fan
  • Assistant’s Phone:+886-(02)-37897290
  • Assistant’s Email:sinwen@sinica.edu.tw
Norman Y. Teng

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

          Previously, I spent most of my research time on the philosophy of mind and language, and cognitive linguistics. Years ago, I picked up political philosophy again, and began to rethink what sort of philosophy I should engage in, or develop, given today’s epistemic and political situation. Let me briefly summarize what I have gradually come to perceive. Taiwan is a young democracy, and has begun to face problems of value conflict and socially divisive political disagreement. One conspicuous problem is that, on public and political issues, people who uphold different values are losing patience over how to reason with one another. There are several reasons that led to this problematic situation. One of the reasons, I think, is philosophical. At the risk of oversimplification, it may briefly be characterized as follows: When people frame the contested issues differently, especially when their viewpoints are radically different from one another, one party’s reason may not count as a reason at all from another party’s point of view, and the barriers to mutual understanding seem insurmountable. The problem just described is not unique to Taiwan. It’s become a worldwide phenomenon. It is worth reminding that philosophers are in the same quagmire, even if they frame their ideas and formulate them in highly elaborate ways. Moreover, philosophy as an academic discipline has been swarming with theories. Any parties involved in deep disagreements, or caught up in some irresolvable value conflicts, can back their positions with reasoned arguments and, like it or not, summon reinforcements from philosophical theories available on the “philosophy market.” I proposed a way of doing philosophy, which I called “civil philosophy,” to tackle the aforementioned difficult problem. My book, which is written in Chinese and entitled “Civil Philosophy,” (公民哲學) is ready to be published.

EDUCATION

  • Ph. D. Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1992
  • M. A. Department of Philosophy, FuJen Catholic University, Taiwan, 1986
  • B. A. Department of Philosophy, FuJen Catholic University, Taiwan, 1984

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2020, September 17—: Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2018, August 1—: Director, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2014, March 3—2014, June 30: Director General of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2011, July 15—2014, March 2: Director General of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2009, January—2011, July: Convener, Philosophy Division, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2009, August 1—2011, June 30: Deputy Director, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2007, March 19—2020, September 16: Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2000, August 1—2007, March 18: Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 1999, August 1—2000, July 31: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chung Cheng University
  • 1993, August 1—1999, July 31: Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy, National Chung Cheng University
  • 2004, April—2004, May: Courtesy Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon
  • 2003, August—2005, July: Research Fellow, Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies, National Chengchi University
  • 1998, August—2000, July: Research Fellow, Cognitive Science Research Center, National Chung Cheng University
  • 1992, August—1993, July: Honorary Appointment of Research Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Studies, University of California, Berkeley

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • political philosophy
  • metaphor
  • philosophy of mind and language
  • philosophy of cognitive science

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • 2018, August 1—: editor-in-chief of EurAmerica
  • 2018, January—: member of the editorial board of Civilization Series, San Min Book Co. Ltd.
  • 2014, August 1—: member of the editorial board of National Taiwan University Philosophical Review
  • 2017, January 1—2022, December 31: member of the academic advisory committee, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica
  • 2016, May1—: member of the project of Humanity Innovation and Social Practice, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2020, January 1—: Supervisor of the Taiwan Philosophical Association

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • 2016 Distinguished Research Award, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2016-2021 A Journey into Humanities Book Writing Project, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2008-2011 Distinguished Scholar Research Project Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2001 Distinguished Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2000 Distinguished Research Award, Chinese Communication Society (co-recipient with Prof. Sun, S.)

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