Department of Philosophy
University of California at Davis
My work focuses on the cognitive and conative roles of accepting sentences or propositions, especially the roles that it does play, can play, or should play, in inquiry, decision-making, or linguistic understanding. My work has the following applications.
- Epistemology: Normative connection between the Bayesian and traditional approaches to epistemology.
- Decision Theory: Normative connection between Bayesian decision-making and qualitative decision-making (such as classical planning and everyday practical reasoning).
- Philosophy of Mind: A functionalist characterization of believing a proposition (rather than, say, being confident to a probabilistic degree).
- Philosophy of Language: Foundations of compositional, non-truth-conditional semantics (with a focus on conditionals, epistemic and deontic modals, and moral statements).
- Philosophy of Logic: How to choose between deductive logics.
I proudly grew up, completed my undergraduate study, and fulfilled my military service obligation in my home country, Taiwan, although it is seldom formally recognized as a country. My native language is Taiwanese Hokkien, which is the only option when I talk to my grandparents. I learn Mandarin Chinese as a second language, English as a foreign language. I hope one day I can give a philosophy talk in my native language.
Lin, H. (2014) "On the Regress Problem of Deciding How to Decide", Synthese 191: 661- 670.
Lin, H. and Kelly, K. T. (2013) "Comments on Leitgeb's Stability Theory of Belief", Logic Across the University: Foundations and Applications, Studies in Logic Vol. 47, London: College Publications.
Lin, H. (2013), "Foundations of Everyday Practical Reasoning", Journal of Philosophical Logic, 42(6): 831- 862.
Lin, H. and Kelly, K. T. (2012) “Propositional Reasoning that Tracks Probabilistic Reasoning”, Journal of Philosophical Logic, 41(6): 957- 981.
Lin, H. and Kelly, K. T. (2012), “A Geo-logical Solution to the Lottery Paradox”, Synthese 186: 531- 575.