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Institute of Philosophy

Institute of Philosophy


Brief Introduction


The Graduate Institute of Philosophy at National Tsing Hua University, founded in August 1994, is one of the nation’s finest institutes of philosophy. Its faculty is at the forefront of philosophical research in a wide variety of the issues developed in the analytic and continental tradition.  The Institute supports study for Master of Arts in Philosophy and provides students with solid philosophical foundation and advanced research through inter-disciplinary dialogues.


Special Features of the Institute


The institute at present specializes in the studies of western philosophy, with emphasis on both the fundamental studies in philosophy and inter-disciplinary researches of it; fundamental studies focus on the basic problems and the contemporary approaches of epistemology, metaphysics and ethics, and inter-disciplinary researches include phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and so forth.


Faculty and Staff


CHANG, Wahng-shan Professor (Ph. D., Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) Philosophy of Social Science, Political Philosophy
CHEN, Szu-ting Associate Professor (Ph. D., the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) Causation and Explanation, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Social Science,
CHENG, Hsi-heng Associate Professor (Ph. D., University of Miami, US) Epistemology, Pragmatism, American Philosophy, Metaphysics
CHIU, Chi-chun Associate Professor (Ph. D., State University of New York at Buffalo, US) Epistemology, American Philosophy
HUANG, Wen-hong Professor (Ph. D., Freiburg University, Germany) Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, The Philosophy of Kyodo School
JENG, Jyh-jong Associate Professor and Academic Director (Ph.D., Würzburg University, Germany) Philosophy of Kant, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Nature Philosophy of Science
NG, Chon-ip Associate Professor (Ph. D., University of Wuppertal, Germany) Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, The Philosophy of Martin Heidegger
WU, Ruey-yuan Associate Professor (Ph. D., Columbia University, US) Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, Ethics




Within the domain of Western philosophy, courses are designed to accommodate both subject requirements and the research specialties of our faculty members. Offered courses are liberal in its design, with characteristics and foresight, which include: philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, pragmatism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, political philosophy, and Ancient Greek philosophy. Students in the master program are required to complete one of the following courses focusing on a particular philosopher: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant and Hegel. From the first year in the master program students are required to attend Seminar I and II, which are designed to motivate students to engage in philosophical discussion, to open to different traditions and schools, as well as to narrow down student’s academic interests for master thesis-writing.


Graduate Requirements


1. Completion of 32 credits, which must include:

·   Graduate Seminar I in the spring semester of the first year (2 credits)

·   Graduate Seminar II in the fall semester of the second year(2 credits)

·   One of the following courses on a particular philosopher, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger and Wittgenstein (3 credits)

·   Six to seven additional courses in philosophy

·   M.A. thesis (4 credits)  

2. Completion and defense of a M.A. thesis proposal

3. Completion and defense of a M.A. thesis


Financial Aids


For information about International students Scholarship, please kindly refer to


Contact Information


For information specifically related to the Institutes of philosophy, please contact

Academic Director :  Jeng, Jyh-Jong,
Secretary:  Liu, Chiu-Yi,


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