CV (OCT 2023)
Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Washington and Lee University. Prior to coming to W&L, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College.
I received my PhD from Syracuse University in the USA. Before Syracuse, I studied philosophy at the University of St Andrews (MPhil) in the UK and Wuhan University (BA) in China.
I work primarily in metaphysics (broadly construed), Buddhist philosophy, and Chinese philosophy. My goal is to systematically develop viable alternatives to familiar positions in contemporary analytic metaphysics. To this end, I integrate views and resources from different philosophical traditions. It is striking to see that deeply entrenched and seldom questioned assumptions and agendas in one tradition are often quickly dismissed in a different tradition. By contrasting frameworks of different traditions, we are less likely to confuse familiarity with certainty and to run the risk of dogmatism. Moreover, resources developed in one tradition may help solve problems that occur in another tradition.
I teach a diverse range of courses encompassing analytic, Buddhist, and Chinese philosophy. I am also interested in where philosophy intersects with other disciplines and everyday experiences.