XU Yingjin (徐英瑾) earned his Ph.D. on western philosophy from the philosophy department of Fudan University in 2004. He is the only winner from Shanghai who won the “ National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Reward in P.R. China” (2006). The title of his doctoral dissertation is The Puzzles of Wittgenstein’s “Phenomenology” in the Process of his Philosophical Transition (Fudan University Press, 2006). It is the only Chinese-written book systematically addressing the philosophical transformation of Wittgenstein from his early stage to his later one. He had conducted postdoctoral research on the analytical approach to philosophy of religion at University of Notre Dame in U.S. for one year (2007-2008), and studied in Italy as a visiting student for another year (2002-2003). He is currently the professor of school of philosophy, Fudan University. He main philosophical interests include philosophy of cognitive science (philosophy of AI in particular), philosophy of language, metaphysics, as well as epistemology. He is also very interested in the comparative studies between contemporary Japanese philosophy and Anglophone philosophy. Nishida Kitaro, Kuki Shuzo, Omori Shuzo and Watsuji Tetsuro are among those Japanese philosophers who are being studied by him. Now he is conducting an online course (“Understanding Japanese Philosophy”) on the platform of Futurelearn, and that course will open in the early summer of 2016. His most recent representative book is Mind, Language and Machine: The Dialogue between Artificial Intelligence and Wittgenstein (Renmin Press, 2013), which is the most comprehensively elaborated book on philosophy of AI in the Chinese-speaking world. He also published papers in English on western philosophical journals like Synthese, Philosophical Forum, and The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. He is the now the leading expert who is responsible for a National Research project on the relationship between information science and epistemology (Grant No. 15ZDB020).
Feb. 2002-June. 2004philosophy department, Fudan University, PHD,
Thesis topic: The Puzzles of Wittgenstein’s “Phenomenology” during his Philosophical Transition
Sept. 1999-Feb. 2002 philosophy department, Fudan University, Master,
Thesis topic: Wittgenstein’s Notion of “Object” in his Early Philosophy
Feb. 1996—June. 1999 philosophy department, Fudan University, Bachelor
Dec. 2013 – Now Professor, School of Philosophy, Fudan University
Sept. 2007–Dec. 2013 Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, Fudan University
Dec. 2004–Sept. 2007 Assistant Professor, School of Philosophy,Fudan University
Research Interests: Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Anglo-American Epistemology, contemporary Japanese philosophy
Recent Research Focus:
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and relevant linguistic and epistemological issues
Books published in Chinese:
Book Chapters in Chinese:
1.Yingjin Xu (co-authored with Qingxiong Zhang and Lindong Zhou, 2005) Anglo-American Philosophy of the 20th Century,People’s Press, Peking, Yingjin Xu is the author of five chapters: Dewey, Putnam, Davidson, Rorty and Dummett. Circa 150 pages.
2.Yingjin Xu (co-authored with Wujin Yu, 2009): German Classical Philosophy, People’s Press, Peking. Yingjin Xu is the author of two chapters: “The Development of Yong Hegel’s Thought until 1807”and “Hegel’s Mature System and Its Historical Consequences”. Circa 250 pages.
1.Hao Wang: Beyond the Analytical philosophy （originally published by the MIT Press, 1988）,Zhejiang University Press, 2011.
2.J. R. Searle: Mind, An Introduction（originally published by the Oxford University Press, 2005）, Shanghai People’s Press, 2008.
Articles published in English:
1.Yingjin Xu (2013) book review: On the Intrinsic Value of Everything, Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 6, No.1,pp.161-168.
2.Yingjin Xu＆ Pei Wang (2012). The frame problem, the relevance problem, and a package solution to both，Synthese: Volume 187s, Issue 1 (2012), Page 43-72
3.Yingjin Xu (2012). Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism revisited, Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 5, No.1, pp. 95-114.
4.Yingjin Xu (2011). The Gap Between Rorty's “Ironism” and “Solidarity”—a Reassessment From a Wittgensteinian Perspective.Philosophical Forum 42 (2):147-166.
5.Yingjin Xu (2011). What Does Fodor's “Anti-Darwinism” Mean to Natural Theology?Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (3):465-479.
6.Yingjin Xu (2011). The Troublesome Explanandum in Plantinga's Argument Against Naturalism.International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (1):1-15.
7.XU. Ying-Jin (2008). The Logic of the Chinese Room Argument Revisited, Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2008, volume 4, number 4.
Articles published in Chinese:
2. Yingjin Xu (2013):Interview with Saul Kripke, World Philosophy, 2013(1): 142-147.
3. Yingjin Xu (2012): The Reconstruction and Justification of Dewey’s Evolutionary Approach to Epistemology, Academic Monthly, 2012(4): pp. 55-64.
4. Yingjin Xu (2012): In What sense can Normative Ethics be “Empirically Reliable”?—A response to Edward Slingerland, The Journal of Chinese Philosophy and Culture, No. 10: pp.351-354.
5. Yingjin Xu (2012): How to Build up a Computer which can Really Understand Chinese?—a “Six-Writings” Theory-inspired Model of Processing Chinese Characters and other Expressions, Studies in Logic, Vol. 5(2): 1-49.
6. Yingjin Xu (2012): Machine Vision and Wittgenstein’s View on the “sensation-content” relationship, Philosophical Analysis, Vol. 3 (4): pp. 133-147.
7. Yingjin Xu (2011) “The Frame Problem from a Wittgensteinian Point of View”, Studies in Logic, Volume 4, Number 2, pp. 93-136.
8.Yingjin Xu (2010): The Theory of Natural Selection: Scientific Laws, Disguised Theology, or Historical Narratives?—Some Remarks on Jerry Fodor’s Anti-Darwinism，Baida Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 11. No. 1, pp. 269-296.
9.Yingjin Xu (2009): Tractatus on Probability and Induction: A Tentative Reconstruction, Studies in Logic, Volume 2, Number 3, pp. 61-75.
Courses: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Academic English on Philosophy
2006 National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation
2009 Ten Outstanding Young Scholars on Social Science in Shanghai
2015 National Prize for Works on Humanities and Social Science, second prize.