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NTHU Graduate Institute of Philosophy
Szu-Ting Chen

 

Graduate Institute of Philosophy National Tsing Hua University  101, Section 2, Kuang Fu Road , Hsinchu 30013 ,Taiwan 

Tel. +886–3–571–5131 Ext.34561

Mobile. +886–928–513–998 

Email. stchen@mx.nthu.edu.tw 

Fax. +886–3–572–9337

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Philosophy, London School of Economics, U.K., 2002 Thesis Supervisor: Nancy Cartwright Oral Exam Committee Members: Rom Harré and Christopher L. Gilbert

M.A. in Economics, University of Oregon, U.S.A., 1993 Research Report Supervisors: Chulsoon Khang and Joe A. Stone

B.S. in Finance, University of Oregon, U.S.A., 1990

 

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, February 2011–present

 

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, February 2005– January 2011

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan, February 2003–July 2003

Special Assistant to Chairman of the Board, Tonye Systems Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, February 2002–January 2005

 

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Visiting Research Scholar, Center for Philosophy, University of Tokyo, Japan, August 2012–January 2013

Distinguished Academic Research Publication Award, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2011-2013

Academic Excellence Award, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2011-2013

Visiting Scholar, Center for Humanities Research, National Science Council, Taiwan, August–September 2009

Visiting Scholar, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, February–July 2009

 

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION

Causation and Explanation, Philosophical Foundation of Economic Methodology, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Science

 

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in English

2003, Szu-Ting Chen, “The Distinction between Causation and Invariance and Its Implications for the Philosophical Discussion of Economic Theorizing”, National Taiwan University Philosophical Review, 26 (March): 51-90.

2008, Rong-Lin Wang and Szu-Ting Chen, “On Hacking’s Approach to Styles of Scientific Thinking”, Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, 7 (October): 253-264.

2011, Szu-Ting Chen, “Imagining the Imaginable: A Reinterpretation of the Function of Economists’ Concern about Structural Isomorphism in Economic Theorizing”, Journal of Economic Methodology, Vol. 18 No. 1 (March): 53-78. 2013, Hsiang-Ke Chao and Szu-Ting Chen, “Explaining the Explanations of 100 Million Missing Women,” in Hsiang-Ke Chao, Szu-Ting Chen, and Roberta L. Millstein (eds.), Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 225-242.

2013, Hsiang-Ke Chao, Szu-Ting Chen, and Roberta L. Millstein, “Towards the Methodological Turn in the Philosophy of Science,” in Hsiang-Ke Chao, Szu-Ting Chen, and Roberta L. Millstein (eds.), Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 1-16.

Articles in Chinese Language

2009, Szu-Ting Chen, “Maneuvering between Theory and Fact: A Case Study of Economic Modeling”, Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, 9 (October): 57-122.

2010, Szu-Ting Chen, “A Causal-Structure-Based Analysis of Economic Theorization: Looking from the Perspective of Economists’ Practices”, Societas: A Journal for Philosophical Study of Public Affairs, 33 (June): 97-168.

2011, Szu-Ting Chen, “Many Faces of Philosopher’s Inquiry about Causality: A Concise Survey”, Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, 12 (April): 217-232.

Forthcoming, Szu-Ting Chen, “A Tiny Clue Reveals a General Trend: Examining the Influence of The Structure of Scientific Revolution and Kuhn’s Idea of ‘World Change’ via a Concrete Case Study,” Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine. 

Articles in Japanese Language

2012, Szu-Ting Chen and Kai-Yuan Cheng, “Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy in Taiwan and the Future of Philosophy-in-Practice in East Asia,” in This Is The Applied Philosophy! Kazuhisa Todayama, Tadashi Mino, and Yasuo Deguchi (eds.), Japan: Ohsumi Shoten Publishers.

Edited Book

2013, Hsiang-Ke Chao, Szu-Ting Chen, and Roberta L. Millstein (eds.), Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics, Netherlands: Springer. (ISBN: 978-94-007-2453-2)

Hsiang-Ke Chao, Julian Reiss, and Szu-Ting Chen (eds.), Philosophy of Science in Practice: Nancy Cartwright and the Nature of Scientific Reasoning, Switzerland: Springer. (Under Contract)

Other Works

“The Scenes of Economic Inquiry: An Application of Nicholas Jardine’s Idea of Scenes of Inquiry to the Discussion about the Reality of Questions and Objectivity of Theories in Economics”, work in progress

“A Defense of the Use of Theoretical Presumption in the Empirical Studies of Social Science”, work in progress

“Are Models Unrealistic Constructed Credible Worlds, or Realistic Representations of the Isolated Unrealistic World?”, work in progress

“Is It That Much Different in Their Ways of Moving Across the Boundaries? A Comparative Study between Daniel Steel’s and Nancy Cartwright’s Accounts about Extrapolation”, work in progress

“Knowledge of Capacities (or Causal Powers) as a Guiding Idea for Scientific Discovery of Causal Structure”, work in progress

 

GRANTS

Taiwan National Science Council Research Grant, 2007–2008, 2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2010–2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013/01-2015/12, 2013/08-2016/07

Taiwan National Science Council 3-Year Book-Procurement Grant (Humanities and Social Sciences Category), 2010-2013

 

PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

2003, “A Philosophical Explanation of Why Economists Do Model-manipulation”, Annual Conference of Taiwan Philosophical Association, Taipei, Taiwan, December 27,2003

2005, “Commodity Trade and Factor Mobility: Substitutes or Complements? A Case Study of Economic Theorizing”, Seminar on Economic Thought and Methodology, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 25, 2005

2005, “On the Boundary of Philosophical Study in Economic Methodology”, Annual Conference of Taiwan Philosophical Association, Taipei, Taiwan, November 19-20, 2005

2006, “Human Reason on the Earthly Plane of Nature”, Conference on McDowell’s Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 8-10, 2006

2007, “A Concept of Causal Realisticness”, The 13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Tsing Hua University, Beijing, China, August 9-15, 2007

2007 (co-presented with Rong-Lin Wang), “On Hacking’s Approach to Styles of Scientific Thinking”, Conference on Experience and Truth IV, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, November 9-10, 2007

2008, “Where Does Conceptual Content Come From? An Analysis of Brandom’s Idea of Conferral of Conceptual Content”, Conference on Brandom’s Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 10-12, 2008

2008, “Is an Economic Explanation a Deductive-Nomological Explanation? A Causal Structuralist Interpretation”, Conference in Memorial of Professor Chia-Chu Ho, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, September 27, 2008; Annual Conference of Taiwan Philosophical Association, Taipei, Taiwan, October 25-26, 2008; International Workshop on Philosophy of Biology and Economics, National Chung-Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan, November 21-23, 2008

2008, “From Causal Structure Point of View: A Case Study of Economic Modeling”, Workshop on Philosopher’s Concern about Science, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, December 14, 2008

2009, “From Causal Structure Point of View: A Case Study of Economic Modeling” (in Chinese language), Annual Conference of Taiwan Science, Technology and Society Association, National Cheng-Kong University, Tainan, Taiwan, April 18-19, 2009

2009, “Imagining the Imaginable: A Reinterpretation of the Function of Economists’ Concern about Structural Isomorphism in Economic Modeling”, Workshop on Body and Meaning IV, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, November 21, 2009

2009, “A Model-Based Explanation of Economic Theorization”, Symposium on Frontier in Philosophy of Science, Hsinchu, Taiwan, December 1, 2009

2010, “Causal Structure as a Guiding Idea in the Practice of Economic Theorizing”, Metaphysics of Science Conference, Kyun Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, August 3-5, 2009

2011 (co-presented with Hsiang-Ke Chao), “Strategies for Discovering 100 Million Missing Women”, Taiwan Conference on Philosophy of Biology and Economics: Mechanism and Causality, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 24-25, 2011; East Asia Philosophy of Science Workshop, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, July 2, 2011

2011, “A Model-Based Explanation of Economic Theorization”, Taiwan-Japan Workshop on Analytic Philosophy, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 18-19, 2011

2011, “Representation as a Process of Model-building”, Workshop on Representation, Reality, and the Philosophy of Special Sciences, The Japan Association of the Philosophy of Science (JAPS) Autumn Meeting, Nippon University, Tokyo, Japan, November 06, 2011.

2012 (co-presented with Kai-Yuan Cheng), “Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy in Taiwan and the Future of Philosophy-in-Practice in East Asia”, Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy (JACAP), Chiba University, Japan, April 21-22, 2012.

2012,(co-presented with Hsiang-Ke Chao), “Extrapolation on the Run: A Piecemeal Image of Causal Inference”, presented in Evidence, Capacities, and Explanation: Conference on Cartwright’s Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, September 13-14, 2012; also presented in the 2nd East Asia Philosophy of Science Workshop, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan, November 12, 2012.

2013 “Causation, Invariance, and (Economic) Explanation”, The Korean Society for Analytic Philosophy (KSAP) Summer Conference, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, August 24-25, 2013. 2013, “How a Theory Represents? A View from Model-Based Approach,” presented in the 3rd East Asia Conference on the Philosophy of Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 3–4, 2013.

 

OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Referee/Reviewer for National Chengchi University Philosophical Journal, Soochow Journal of Philosophical Studies, Societas: A Journal for Philosophical Study of Public Affairs, Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Taiwan Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture, Academia Sinica Law Journal, National Science Council of Taiwan

Member of Taiwan Philosophical Association, International Network for Economic Method, Philosophy of Science Association, British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Royal Institute of Philosophy, International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group

Co-Organizer (with Hsiang-Ke Chao) of the Taiwan International Conference on Philosophy of Economics and Biology (PHOEB 2011), National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 24–26, 2011.

Co-Organizer (with Kai-Yuan Cheng) of the First Conference on Contemporary Philosophy in East Asia (CCPEA), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, September 7–9, 2012.

Co-Organizer (with Hsiang-Ke Chao) of the International Conference on Cartwright’s Philosophy: Causation, Explanation, and Evidence-Based Policy, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, September 13–14, 2012.

Organizer of the 3rd East Asia Conference on the Philosophy of Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 3–4, 2013.

 

PERSONAL DATA

Born in 1961, male, married with two children, citizen of Taiwan.

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