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Dr. LEE, Siu Fan

Associate Professor
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CEC 1009
Full CV  
  • BSSc (Hon), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
  • M.Phil., The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • BA (Hon), University of Oxford, U.K.
  • MA, University of Oxford, U.K.
  • Ph.D., King's College London, U.K.
Work Experience:
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Hull
  • University of Exeter
  • King’s College London
  • Heythrop College London
  • Open University (UK)
  • Lingnan University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Open University of Hong Kong
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Courses Taught:
  • GCVM 1076 Whose Justice? And For Whom?  
  • GFVM 1036 Happiness: East and West
  • LSE 7120 Critical Thinking for Public Affairs
  • LSE 7130 Social Justice
  • RELI 2007  Problems of Philosophy
  • RELI 3007 Philosophy, Meaning and Knowledge
  • RELI 3065 History of Modern Western Philosophy
  • RELI 3056 Philosophy of Mind, Consciousness and Personal Identity
  • RELI 3095 Logic and Philosophy of Logic
  • RELI 3096 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
  • RELI 3125 Social Justice, Liberalism and Economic Equality
Teaching Areas:
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Wittgenstein
  • Philosophy of Religion
Research Areas:
  • Philosophy of Language; Philosophical Logic; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Motherhood
Current Projects:
  • ‘How Proper Names Refer: Is Causal Descriptivism Defensible?’ General Research Fund, Research Grants Council Hong Kong, 1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2020, role: PI. 
  • ‘Chinese and Cross-Cultural Health Humanities: Body, Mind, and Well-Being in the Contemporary Context’ (group project), Initiation Grant for Faculty Niche Research Areas (FNRA-IG) 2018/19, Hong Kong Baptist University, 30 June 2019 - 30 June 2021, role: Co-I.
Recent Publications:
  • Philosophy of Names and Empty Names. Under the series of Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, series editor: Piotr Stalmaszczyk. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 200 pages, forthcoming.
  • Logic: A Complete Introduction. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 12 January 2017, 384 pages. (ISBN: 9781473608436) 
Selected Outputs:
  • Two Approaches to Empty Names: An Analysis of Scientific Theoretical Terms’, Studies in Dialectics of Nature, February 2018, Vol. 34 (2): 14-19. 
  • Can There Be a Davidsonian Theory of Empty Names?’ in Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations into Proper Names, eds. Piotr Stalmaszczyk & Luis Fernández Moreno, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, February 2016, pp. 203-226. (ISBN: 978-3-631-66265-6)
  • ‘Two Senses of Critical Thinking Teaching: Some Reflections and Experience’, Studies in Logic, December 2014, Vol. 7 (4): 105-116.

  • ‘Who Wants To Be a Russellian About Names?’ in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics: The Legacy of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, ed. Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, March 2014, pp. 161-180. (ISBN: 978-3-11-034275-8)
Selected Conference Presentations:
  • ‘A Survey Report on How Proper Name Refers’, The 5th Philosophy of Language and Mind Network Conference (PLM5), University of St Andrews, UK, 29-31 August 2019.
  • ‘How to Name an Empty Name’, NZAP AAP 2018 Conference, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand, 8-12 July 2018.
  • ‘A Two-Dimensional Semantic Framework for Empty Names’, accepted for Joint Session, organised by Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Oxford, 6-8 July 2018.
  • ‘Metaphysics of Pregnancy, Personal Identity and the Objectification of Women’, Conference for The Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Motherhood, organised in association with SWIP, BUMP & PHILBIRTH, University of Southampton, UK, 21-22 June 2018.
  • ‘The Semantics of Empty Names (II): Counterfactual Reference’, Philosophy of Language (I) Conference: Semantics of Fictional Discourse, Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 20-21 October 2016.
  • ‘Two Approaches to Empty Names’, Conference on Analysis, Practice and Creative Thinking, organised by Macau Chinese Philosophy Association, Macau, 22-24 August 2016.
  • ‘The Semantics of Empty Names’, Joint Session, organised by Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, Cardiff University, UK, 8-10 July 2016.
  • ‘The Mozi and Some Western Approaches to Perpetual Peace’, International Conference on Waging Peace and Restraining War, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 22-23 Aug 2013. 
  • ‘Two Senses of Critical Thinking Teaching’, The 2013 Cross Strait Conference on Logical and Critical Thinking Teaching, organized by the Institute of Logic and Cognition of Sun Yat-Sen University and the Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, held at Tong Liao, Inner Mongolia, China, 10-12 August 2013.
  • ‘Who Wants to Be a Russellian About Names?’, The Third International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (PhiLang 2013), University of Lodz, Poland, 9-11 May 2013. 
  • ‘Causal Theories of Names’, International Conference on Kripke, Logic, Philosophy, Peking University, China, 2-4 September 2012.
  • ‘On Causal Theories of Names’, Mini-Conference on Michael Devitt, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 3 May 2012.
  • ‘Truth Condition and Empty Names’, Taiwan Logic and Analytic Philosophy Inaugural Conference, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 31 Oct -1 Nov 2009.
  • ‘A Counterfactual Reference Theory’, Joint Session, organised by the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of East Anglia, UK, 10-12 July 2009.
  • ‘Fregean Free Logic’, The 4th Cross Strait Conference on Logic Education and Research, organised by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 24-25 June 2009.
  • ‘A Counterfactual Reference Theory of Fictional Discourse’, The 8th National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA): Ontology, Mind, and Language, University of Bergamo, Italy, 25-27 September 2008. 
  • ‘Empty Names and Free Logic’, Joint Session, organised by the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Aberdeen, UK, 11-13 July 2008.
  • ‘Supervaluation and Fregean Free Logic’, Open Minds Conference, University of Manchester, UK, 9-10 June 2008.
Selected Research Grants:
  • ‘Meaning and Modality: A Foundational Study towards a New Theory of Empty Names’, Early Career Scheme, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council Hong Kong, 2015-2017, role: PI. 
  • ‘Fiction and Impossible World’, Faculty Research Grant Category I, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2017-2018, role: PI.
  • ‘Two-Dimensionalism and Epistemic Possibility’, Faculty Research Grant Category I, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2013-2015, role: PI.
  • ‘Meaning and Mind’, Faculty Research Grant Category II, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2012-2016, role: PI.