Xinli Wang's Research
My scholarly interests cover a broad range of subjects in the philosophy of science (methodology), the philosophy of language, 20th century analytic philosophy, epistemology, philosophical logic, and Chinese philosophy. In the past a few years, my writings and publications focus primarily on the issues of incommensurability, scientific rationality, semantic presuppositions, conceptual schemes, cross-language understanding and communication, facts and possible facts, David Hume on induction, and Thomas Kuhn's philosophy of science.
- Forthcoming, “Alternative Conceptual Schemes and a Non-Kantian Scheme-Content Dualism,” in Proceedings of 22nd World Congress of Philosophy (August, 2008, Seoul, Korea)
- 2009, “The Propositional vs. Hermeneutic Models of Cross-Cultural Understanding,” South African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 28(3): 312-331
- 2009, Symbolic Logic Study Guide, University Readers, pp. 100
- 2009, “On Davidson’s Refutation of Conceptual Schemes and Conceptual Relativism,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 90: 140-164
- 2009, “Linguistic Communication versus Understanding,” Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 38 (1): 71-84
- 2008, “Epistemology,” Series on Western Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy Volume, editors, Jiyuan Yu & Zhewei Zhang, Renmin University Press, Beijing, China, pp. 1-47
- 2007, “Conceptual Schemes and Presuppositional Languages,” The Proceedings of the 21st World Congress of Philosophy, Volume 6 (Epistemology), editors, Stephen Voss and Dermot Moran, by Philosophy Society of Turkey, Ankara, pp. 119-124. [The Proceedings contain the best papers presented at this Congress, which are selected by the editor of each volume, published in thirteen thematically organized hardbound volumes.]
- 2007, Incommensurability and Cross-Language Communication (a philosophy monograph), Ashgate Publishing Ltd, England, included in Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy Series, pp.380; see the publisher's webpage for more information (the table of content; chapter 1; index)
- 2004, "Where Are Facts? - A Case For Internal Factual Realism," Dialogos 82: 7-30
- 2003, "Presuppositional Languages and the Failure of Cross-Language Understanding," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Vol. 42 (1): 53-77
- 2002, "Taxonomy, Truth-Value Gaps and Incommensurability: A Reconstruction of T. Kuhn's Taxonomic Interpretation of Incommensurability," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 33 (3): 465-485, Read the article.
2002, “A Defense of the Notion of Semantic Presupposition,” in Contemporary Inquiries Into the Foundational Issues of Philosophy, the Commercial Press, Beijing, China, pp. 190-224.
- 2001, "Hume Is Not A Skeptic about Induction," Dialogos 78: 41-54
- 2000, "Hume on Epistemic Justification of Induction," Prima Philosophia 13 (4): 369-379
- 1999, "Is the Notion of Semantic Presupposition Empty?" Dialogos 73: 61-91
- 1998, "A Critique of the Translational Approach to Incommensurability," Prima Philosophia 11 (3): 293-306
Works Under Consideration for Publication
- "A Presuppositional Approach to Conceptual Schemes"