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Dr. Chuang Liu

Dr. CHUANG LIU

Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Philosophy of Science

Contact Information

Email: logics
Office: 330 Griffin-Floyd Hall

Books

Edited Volume

  • (With G. C. Guo)(eds) Scientific Explanation and Methodology of Science. Singapore: World Scientific, 2013.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • 2016. "Fictionalism on Models and Fictional Models in Science," given at the Pacific APA, March 30 - April 3, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2015. "Against a New Fictionalism on Scientific Models," presented at the 17th National Conference on Philosophy of Science, Shanghai, August 14-16.
  • 2015. "Scientific Modeling and Fictionalism," presented at the 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Helsinki, August 3-9.
  • 2015. "Foundations of Quantum Physics," Pitt-Tsinghua Lecture Series (five-lectures), Beijing, China, July 11-13, 15-16.
  • 2011. "Anti-Deflationism in Scientific Representation," presented at the 3rd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Athens, October 5-8.
  • 2011. "Variations on a Theme by Duhem," presented at the 3rd International Coference on Philosophy and Cognitive Science (PCS2011), Guangzhou, China, May 26-27.
  • 2010. "Nationalized Morality: Rationalist or Sentimentalist?" presented at the International Conference on Value and Morality, Beijing, China, Oct. 20-23.
  • 2010. "Naturalized Morality: Explanation or Justification?" outline presented at the Oxford Workshop on Evolution and Morality, Oxford, UK, Jan. 18-28.
  • 2008. "Idealization and Scientific Realism," invited lecture at the international conference: Idealization, Abstraction, and Scientific Methods, at Departamento de Filosofia, Uiversidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, July 1-2.
  • 2008. "Quantum measurement as spontaneous symmetry breaking," invited lecture at the international conference: Symmetry as a Modern Scientific Concept: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives, at the Lorentz Center, University of Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands, March 11-14.
  • 2007. "The emergence of the classical world at the thermodynamic limit," presented at Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science: Explanation in Physics, Boston University, April 16.
  • 2007. "Confirming idealized theories and scientific realism," presented at the LSE - Pittsburgh Joint Conference 'Confirmation, Induction and Science,' London School of Economic, March 8-10.
  • 2006. "Approximation and its Measures," the History and Philosophy of Science Lecture, delivered at the Department of Philosophy, Beijing University, Beijing, May 19.
  • 2006. "Idealization and Laws of Nature," delivered at Department of Philosophy, the University of Caldas, Manizales, Colombia, June 8, 2006.
  • 2006. "Quantum Logic and Postmodernism," given at a joint session with Department of Philosophy and Department of Economics, the University of Caldas, Manizales, Colombia, June 10, 2006.
  • 2006. "Problems and Issues in Philosophy of Science," a lecture series delivered at Philosophy Department, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, May 8 - 21.
  • 2006. "On the Concept of 'Carving Nature at its Joints'," the Humanities & Science Lecture, delivered at the College of Philosophy and Humanities, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, May 14.
  • 2006. "Coins and Electrons: a Unified Understanding of Probabilistic Objects," the Philosophy Salon Lecture, delivered at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, May 12.
  • 2005. "Approximation and Its Measures," delivered at the Philosophy Department, Wuhan University, Wuhan, June 8.
  • 2005. "Chance and Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking," delivered at the Philosophy Department, Central China University of Science and Technology , Wuhan, June 7.
  • 2005. "Parfit and Foundations of Social Sciences," a lecture series delivered at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, May 31 - June 6.
  • 2004. "Approximation and Its Measures," delivered at Séminaire du REHSEIS: histoire et philosophie de la physique (2004-2005): Les raisons de l’à-peu-prés, Université de Paris 7-Denis Diderot, November 9.
  • 2002. "Chance and Spontaneous Symmetry-Breaking," presented at the APA Eastern Division meeting, Philadelphia, December 29.
  • 2002. "Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Its Meaning from a Simple Mechanical Model," presented at the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), Milwaukee, November 7-10.
  • 2000. "Infinite Systems in SM Explanations: Thermodynamic Limit, Renormalization (semi-) Groups, and Irreversibility," presented at the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), Vancouver, BC, November 2-5.
  • 2000. "Laws and Carving Nature at its Joints," delivered at at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, June 6.
  • 2000. "Coordination of Space and Unity of Science," delivered at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, June 7.
  • 2000. "Laws and Carving Nature at its Joints," delivered at the Department of Philosophy, Beijing University, Beijing, June 8.

Awards

  • NSF Grant: SES, NSF 05-588 (2006): Quantum measurement at the limit? Idealization, emergence, and spontaneous symmetry breaking.
  • NSF Grant: STS, NSF 97-142 (2000): Idealization and idealized models in thermo-statistical physics.