Siu Fan LEE

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Siu-Fan Lee is Associate Professor at the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and obtained her doctorate in Philosophy at King’s College London. She is an analytic philosopher by training and her research interests are in philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, and philosophy of mind. She is the author of Logic: A Complete Introduction (Hodder, 2017), of which a translation in simplified Chinese is forthcoming.

Siu-Fan obtained two General Research Grants from the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, since she joined the HKBU in 2011. Her research in the metaphysics of pregnancy has made her a co-investigator of the project ‘Chinese and Cross-Cultural Health Humanities: Body, Mind, and Well-Being in the Contemporary Context’ under Initiation Grant for Faculty Niche Research Areas. She has received many teaching grants and impact project funds. Currently she has applied for a Quality Education Fund for building an e-learning platform in Critical Thinking for all secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Siu-Fan engages in many services inside and outside the academia, including making a film about Chinese immigrants in the UK and curating an exhibition on early explorers of China in London. She aspires to develop critical thinking education in the community in mixed media for all walks of life from children to the elderly.

Research Interests

  • Theories of names and empty names
  • Theories of reference: causal descriptivism, the narrative view of names
  • Fictional objects and fictionalism of fiction
  • Two-dimensional semantics
  • Modality: metaphysical and epistemic possibilities
  • Contextualism, the semantics-pragmatics interface
  • Intentionality and mental representations
  • Metaphysics of pregnancy
  • Critical thinking and politics

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Names and Empty Names, King's College London

1 Oct 20032 Nov 2009

Award Date: 2 Nov 2009

Bachelor, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

1 Oct 20001 Jul 2002

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

MPhil, Wittgenstein’s Conception of ‘Form of Life’ and Foundation of Rationality, Chinese University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 199331 Jul 1997

Award Date: 31 Jul 1997

Bachelor, BSSc in Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 198531 May 1989

Award Date: 31 Jul 1989


Dive into the research topics where Siu Fan LEE is active. Topic labels come from the works of this scholar.
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  • 两种空名理论─科学理论字词的分析

    Translated title of the contribution: Two Approaches to Empty Names: An Analysis of Scientific Theoretical Terms李少芬, Feb 2018, In: 自然辩证法研究. 2, p. 14-19 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  • Logic: A Complete Introduction

    Lee, S. F., 12 Jan 2017, London : Hodder & Stoughton. 384 p. (Teach Yourself)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook or report

  • Can There Be a Davidsonian Theory of Empty Names?

    Lee, S. F., 2016, Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names. Peter Lang Publishing, p. 203 1 p. (Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics; vol. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in book/report/conference proceedingChapter

  • Who wants to be a Russellian about names?

    Lee, S. F., 31 Mar 2014, Philosophy of language and linguistics: The Legacy of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein. Stalmaszczyk, P. (ed.). 1st ed. Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 161-180 20 p. (Philosophische Analyse / Philosophical Analysis; vol. 53).

    Research output: Chapter in book/report/conference proceedingChapter

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  • 两种意义下的批判思维教学

    Translated title of the contribution: Two Senses of Critical Thinking Teaching: Some Reflections and Experience李少芬, 2014, In: 逻辑学研究. 7, 4, p. 105-116 12 p.

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