Professor of Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy in the E.M.U. Department of History
and Philosophy, and I am Center Associate in the University of
Center for Chinese Studies.
are Chinese and comparative philosophy, the philosophy and cognitive
science of action, and aesthetics.
interests include early Chinese philosophy, Asian philosophy,
philosophy of mind, philosophy of
action, philosophy of life, philosophy
of religion, and American Pragmatism.
My training was
in Chinese and comparative philosophy at the University
of Hawai'i, the world's gravitational center for comparative
philosophy. My advisor was Roger Ames, and my dissertation
committee included: Eliot Deutsch, Arindam Chakrabarti, Graham Parkes,
David McCraw, and Robert Solomon (University of Texas).
For periods from
was Templeton Senior Fellow at and then associated with the Medici
II conferences at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Positive
Psychology, where I worked with Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi and Jeanne
I began my
philosophy career at the University of Washington, studying with
Clatterbaugh, Ronald Moore, Charles Marks, Karl
Potter, and Arindam Chakrabarti (visiting).
My training in
modern and Classical Chinese was at the Stanford Center
(located then at National Taiwan University), the Mandarin Training
Center (National Taiwan Normal University), and the University of
Washington (where I was initially introduced to Chinese and comparative
philosophy through studies with Chun-chieh Huang 黃俊傑 (visiting from
National Taiwan University), Karl
Chakrabarti, Vrinda Dalmiya, Jerry Norman, and William Boltz).
In 2000, I was
selected to attend a two-week Chinese paleography institute at the
University of Chicago, studying under Edward Shaughnessy, Donald
Qiu Xigui 裘錫圭, and Wang Bo 王博.
I nurtured a love
for Chinese art during a year as resident
translator of exhibitions and academic articles in the
Department of the
National Palace Museum,
I also have an abiding
translations of Tsai Chih-chung's 蔡志忠 critically-acclaimed comic book
series on Chinese philosophy have been published by Princeton and
I am a regular contributor to the Warp,
Weft, and Way blog and a participating member of the Good Judgment
am an occassional reviewer/referee for:
- Consciousness & Cognition
- Philosophy East and West
- Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy
- State University of New York
- American Psychological
Association Dictionary of Psychology
- The John Templeton Foundation
I am currently program chair for the Society for Asian and Comparative
Philosophy's panels at the Eastern Division meeting of the American
New Perspective in the
Cognitive Science of Attention and Action
MIT Press, 2010
challenge to the naïve but prevailing notion of a central
executive, somewhere in the frontal lobe or its vicinity, dishing out
the orders to the rest of the brain and controlling every cognitive
function, from attention on up. Evidently, cognitive functions, notably
attention, can operate efficiently and effortlessly on the margins of
consciousness. Attention and performance are inextricable from the
perception-action cycle, where there is no true causal origin and
consciousness is merely a phenomenon--and in fact can be an impediment.
The evidence presented in Effortless Attention makes
ample room for priming, intuition, gut-feeling, automatism, and other
hidden but very real unconscious brain powers behind decision-making
and the pursuit of goals."
M. Fuster, Professor of
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute for
Neuroscience and Human Behavior, author of The
"The editor has succeeded in putting the phenomenon of effortless
attention on the interdisciplinary research agenda, which will
hopefully inspire more research and lead to a deeper understanding of
what attention actually is."
—Artem Belopolsky, Quarterly Review of Biology