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  1. Yujian Zheng, Memes, Mind, and Normativity.
    Prominent memeticists like Daniel Dennett and Susan Blackmore have made claims far more radical than those included in Dawkins’ original proposal, which provoked increasingly heated debates and arguments over the theoretical significance as well as limits or flaws of the entire memetic enterprise. In this paper, I examine closely some of the critical points taken by Kate Distin in her penetrating engagement with those radical claims, which include such ideas as the thought that we are meme machines as much as (...)
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  2. Yujian Zheng, Unconscious Intentionality and the Status of Normativity in Searle's Philosophy : With Comparative Reference to Traditional Chinese Thought.
    This anthology investigates how Searle’s philosophy and Chinese philosophy can jointly contribute to the common philosophical enterprise and shows how such comparative methodology of constructive engagement is important in philosophical inquiry.
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  3. Yujian Zheng, Normative Connection and Re-Enchantment of Nature.
    Grasping the link between some deep yet naturalized form of normativity and the emergence of human intentionality in the natural evolutionary process is a key to re-enchantment of nature.
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  4. Yujian Zheng, Ex Ante Vs. Ex Post Rationalization of Action.
    This paper is part of an attempt to clarify the relationship between explanatory reasons and justificatory reasons for actions of various kinds. It draws on a distinction between two notions of rationalization, viz., ex ante and ex post rationalization, to recast the akratic case on the one hand and to explicate an adequate sense in which an explanatory but non-justificatory reason for an action rationalizes the latter on the other hand. The explication is helped by analysis of a hypothetical example, (...)
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  5. Yujian Zheng (2003). A Tacit Form of Comparative Philosophy: Reflection on a Case in Rational Choice Theory. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 2 (2):291-309.
  6. Yujian Zheng (2001). Akrasia, Picoeconomics, and a Rational Reconstruction of Judgment Formation in Dynamic Choice. Philosophical Studies 104 (3):227-251.
    This paper contrasts a picoeconomic approach to theexplanation of akrasia with Davidson's divided-mind approach and defends theformer in a wider context. The distinctive merits of a picoeconomic model of mindlie in the following aspects: First, it relies on a scientifically well-groundeddiscovery about motivational dynamics of animals for its explanation of preference change,which elucidates or materializes some philosophers' speculations both about thepossible mismatch between valuation and motivation and about the relevance of temporalfactors to akrasia. Second, it grounds the necessity of endogenous (...)
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