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Wai-hung Wong, Professor
(Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley)

Wai-hung Wong received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. His areas of specialization are epistemology and metaphysics, and his research interests include ethics, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science. He joined the faculty at California State University, Chico in 2002 and teaches epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, and introduction to philosophy. His publications have been focusing on epistemological skepticism and the concept of justification. He is now working on several papers on the philosophy of time, the concept of nothingness, and the problem of evil. Recently he has been invited to be one of the two contributors to the "Thinking East and West" column of Cathay Pacific's Discovery magazine. The other contributor is the well-known popularizer of philosophy, Julian Baggini. Besides philosophy, he is interested in literature, psychology, evolutionary theories, physics, classical music, jazz, movies, martial arts, card magic, and cooking.

Selected publications:

    Dialogues on Religion and Philosophy (in Chinese), co-authored with Chong-fuk Lau. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2016

    The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud, co-edited with Jason Bridges and Niko Kolodny. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

    "A Normative Account of the Need for Explanation", co-authored with Zanja Yudell, Synthese 192 (2015), pp.2863-2885

    "How Fallacious Is the Consequence Fallacy?", co-authored with Zanja Yudell, Philosophical Studies 165 (2013), pp.221-227

    "What the Skeptic Still Can't Learn from How We Use the Word 'Know'", in J. Bridges, N. Kolodny & W. Wong (eds), The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.124-144

    "The Cosmic Lottery", International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (2009), pp.155-165

    "Internalism about Justification and the Skeptic's Dilemma", Erkenntnis 71 (2009), pp.361-375

    "What Williamson's Anti-Luminosity Argument Really Is", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (2008), pp.536-543

    "Meaningfulness and Identities", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (2008), pp.123-148

    "Moore, the Skeptic, and the Philosophical Context", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2006), pp.271-287

    "The Skeptical Paradox and the Indispensability of Knowledge-Beliefs", Synthese 143 (2005), pp.273-290

    "Strawson's Anti-Scepticism: A Critical Reconstruction", Ratio 16 (2003), pp.290-306

    "The Problem of Insulation", Philosophy 77 (2002), pp.349-373

    "Interpretive Charity, Massive Disagreement, and Imagination", Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (1999), pp.49-74

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