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  • Publish Date:2016/10/11
    Modify Date:2017/05/16
Norman Y. Teng
  • Position:Research Fellow
  • TEL:+886-(02)-37897253
  • FAX:+886-(02)-27827616
  • Mail:nteng@sinica.edu.tw
  • Assistant’s Name:Hsin-Wen Fan
  • Assistant’s Phone:+886-(02)-37897219
  • Assistant’s Mail:sinwen@sinica.edu.tw
Norman Y. Teng

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

           The basic dilemma of a democracy facing intractable value conflicts and deep political disagreements is that people who hold different views may eventually give up reasoning with one another, and engage in manipulative strategies of winning elections or getting political power. As citizens of a constitutional democracy, we owe each other justifying reasons for political actions. A democratic process that defies the honest practice of giving and asking for reasons will degenerate into power struggles. However, in the case of deep political disagreement, it is the very practice of giving and asking for reasons that is in danger. I argue for an idea of civic philosophy, which acknowledges that the dilemma is here to stay, but proposes a dialogical way of fine-tuning and living with it. The dialogical confrontation is set for initiating a philosophical exploration into the horizon of the pluralistic age.
           We are living in an age of value-conflict pluralism, and are beginning to see that our capacity for mutual understanding and being reasonable to each other seems to be reaching its limit. Philosophical studies are particularly challenging in this age of pluralism, in that no matter how deep your philosophical insights are, and no matter how rigorous your arguments come to be, it is to be anticipated that somewhere someone will hold a philosophical position diametrically opposed to yours, and his/her position, too, is motivated by, and based on, deep philosophical insights with rigorous supportive arguments. One may still aspire to come up with a robust, comprehensive, and true theory to edge out other philosophical positions. Indeed, that has been a human hope for more than two millennia. The idea of civic philosophy I wish to develop suggests that, given today’s epistemic and political situation, we may as well initiate a different approach, avail ourselves of the findings from cognitive science and moral psychology, and engage dialogically on the pluralistic horizon.
           More specifically, I have developed a version of civic philosophy that (1) addresses the joint demands of democracy and science, (2) prioritizes humanitarian governance and public discourse, (3) incorporates fundamental ideas of political liberalism and Confucian philosophy, (4) pays careful attention to the asymmetrical power relation between a strong authoritarian regime and a small democracy, and (5) makes use of findings from cognitive science and metaphor research to develop a discourse methodology suitable for this project.

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

MAJOR EXPERIENCE

  • 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
  • 2009, January—2011, July: Convener, Philosophy Division, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2007, March—: Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2000, August—2007, March: Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 1999, August—2000, July: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chung Cheng University
  • 1993, August—1999, July: 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

SPECIALISM

  • metaphor
  • philosophy of mind and language
  • philosophy of cognitive science
  • political philosophy

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • 2014, July—2016, June: member of the steering committee, the Center for Chinese Studies
  • 2014, August—2019, December: member of the editorial board of National Taiwan University Philosophical Review
  • 2011, September—2014, June: publisher of Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter Quarterly, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2011, September—2014, June: Advisor of the Department of Information and Technology Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan
  • 2011, January—2011, June: member of the committee for evaluating academic performance and achievements, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2011, January—2011, June: member of the editorial board of EurAmerica
  • 2009, February—2009, July: member of the committee for evaluating academic performance and achievements, Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University
  • 2009, January—2011, July: member of the editorial board of Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter Quarterly, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2009—2017: member of the executive committee of Taiwan Philosophical Association
  • 2008, August—2011, July: member of the executive committee, Center for Humanities Research, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2008, August—2010, October: member of the editorial board of NCCU Philosophical Journal
  • 2008, July—2010, June: member of the editorial board of Body and Nature Series, National Tsing Hua University Press
  • 2008, January—2009, December: member of the editorial board of EurAmerica
  • 2008, January—2009, December: member of the committee for evaluating academic performance and achievements, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • 2005, January—2006, December: executive editor of EurAmerica
  • 2003, December—2008, June: Board member of Caterpillar, the Foundation of Philosophy for Children, Taipei
  • 2001, January—2002, December: executive editor of EurAmerica

ACADEMIC HONOURS

  • 2011-2014 Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2008-2011 Distinguished Scholar Research Project Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2005-2007 Distinguished Research Project Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2001 Distinguished Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 2000 Distinguished Research Award, Chinese Communication Society
  • 2000 Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 1999 Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 1998 Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan
  • 1997 Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan

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