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  • Publish Date:2016/10/11
    Modify Date:2023/02/07
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

         Taiwan sits in a special place where the US-dominated Western civilization and the classical civilization inherited from East Asia collide. The position is also where one may hope to build a theoretical model for civic and philosophical discourses by breaking the existing cognitive inertia from the fringe and, consequently, reframing ways of doing philosophy that are worth developing. I call any philosophy developed from a cobbling together of insights from civic and philosophical perspectives a “civic philosophy,” or “civil philosophy” when I wish to emphasize the civilizational aspect of it. Civic philosophy, I venture to say, may be briefly characterized as follows. When mythology gradually faded in the classical period, philosophy pursued a kind of divine wisdom, and metaphysics was the first philosophy during this time. Since the Enlightenment, when people began to enjoy the identity of a human being, philosophy has sought to explore every possibility of human wisdom, and epistemology became the first philosophy of this period. In the 21st century, in an era when most people do not have to fight for citizenship, but have been embroiled in intractable value conflicts and deep political disagreements, we need to create a philosophy from the civic perspective and pursues civic wisdom. Thus characterized, civic philosophy is an ambitious approach to what a new paradigm for the first philosophy in our era should look like. The civic philosophy that I proposed comprises three core ideas: the idea of reframing as a method of philosophizing, the idea of cognitive diversity as a foothold for philosophical inquiry, and the idea that civic perspective is constitutive of the emerging first philosophy in our era. This civic philosophy shows a possible and intelligible way of crafting an empirically grounded theoretical and practical explanation of how the ideal of value pluralism and the political imagination of community with a sense of common belonging and shared future, which are implicit in our political culture, can be integrated into a coherent whole from the civic perspective. The theoretical model of the coupling between causality and freedom of choice that I proposed is crucial to this integration.

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
  • 2019, June 1—2025, May 31: Advisory Committee of Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
  • 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, September—: member of the editorial board of Journal of New Praxis
  • 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—2025, December 31: member of the academic advisory committee, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica
  • 2022, August 1—: Joint-PI of the project of Humanity Innovation and Social Practice, National Science and Technology Council, Taiwan
  • 2016, May 1—2022, July 31: Co-PI of the project of Humanity Innovation and Social Practice, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2022, January 1—2023, December 31: Supervisor of the Taiwan Philosophical Association

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • 2021-2024 Special Research Award from Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 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
  • 2000 Distinguished Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2000 Distinguished Research Award, Chinese Communication Society (co-recipient with Prof. Sun, S.)

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