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    Interpretational Paradox, Implicit Normativity, and Human Nature: Revisiting Weakness of Will from a Perspective of Comparative Philosophy.Yujian Zheng - 2017 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 16 (2):145-163.
    This essay critiques or engages a wide range of existing works on the ancient and well-contested issue of weakness of will, from a new perspective of comparative philosophy combined with a focus on a largely neglected Davidsonian paradox of irrationality. It aims at revealing the interplay between the descriptive and the normative in the very notion of critical interpretation, as well as a special relation between holding-true and making-true which helps to explain the non-accidentalness of the descriptive coat of the (...)
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    Retrospective necessity and the first person.Yujian Zheng - 2021 - Philosophical Forum 52 (3):245-261.
    The Philosophical Forum, Volume 52, Issue 3, Page 245-261, Fall 2021.
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    The Swampman Puzzle and Diachronic Holism.Yujian Zheng - 2016 - Philosophical Forum 47 (2):171-193.
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    Akrasia, picoeconomics, and a rational reconstruction of judgment formation in dynamic choice.Yujian Zheng - 2001 - 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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    Actions, Paths, and Rational Reconstruction: Replies to Mele, Beebe, and Jiang.Yujian Zheng - 2019 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18 (4):619-630.
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    Path-bound normativity and a Confucian case of historical holism.Yujian Zheng - 2022 - Asian Philosophy 32 (2):215-235.
    I bring a new thesis of historical holism to bear on the well-known Mencius-Xunzi dispute about xing/性. The significance of doing so seems bi-directional: in the first direction, i.e. applying the...
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    Application of Data Mining Technology on Surveillance Report Data of HIV/AIDS High-Risk Group in Urumqi from 2009 to 2015.Dandan Tang, Man Zhang, Jiabo Xu, Xueliang Zhang, Fang Yang, Huling Li, Li Feng, Kai Wang & Yujian Zheng - 2018 - Complexity 2018:1-17.
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    Ex ante vs. Ex post Rationalization of Action.Yujian Zheng - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 9:137-142.
    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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    A Davidsonian approach to normativity and the limits of cross-cultural interpretation.Yujian Zheng - unknown
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    A Tacit Form of Comparative Philosophy: Reflection on a case in rational choice theory.Yujian Zheng - 2003 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 2 (2):291-309.
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    Contextuality and non-substantialist stance in dynamic choice : reflection on a case study in analytical philosophy.Yujian Zheng - unknown
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    Content Individuation and Evolutionary Content Emergence.Yujian Zheng - unknown
    This short paper addresses two connected issues which were brought to some focused light by Searle’s comments on my contributed article to the anthology Searle’s philosophy and Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement. The first issue concerns the claim that animals cannot have observer-independent intentional content of the same type as that of human beings. The second is my denial that mental content can be merely caused in specific brain states, given its holistic and normative character. I defend my position on the (...)
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  13. Culture, Nature, Memes.Yujian Zheng (ed.) - 2008 - Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
     
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    Diachronic Holism and Dynamic Normativity.Yujian Zheng - 2018 - Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 48:75-80.
    My objective here is to motivate certain distinctive forms of dynamic normativity at some level deeper than that of our ordinary usage of ‘norm’ or ‘rule’ in the prescriptive sense of ‘ought’-forms of normativity not only bound by evolution but ultimately, via the same dynamic process, giving rise to our prescriptive-normative practices. As a theoretical backdrop for this motivation, I give a review of the familiar frog case in the studies of representational content from a new perspective: i.e., try to (...)
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    Emerged content and dynamic normativit.Yujian Zheng - unknown
    My objective in this essay is to explore and to articulate certain distinctive forms of dynamic normativity at a level deeper than that of our ordinary usage of the terms, "norm" or "rule" in the prescriptive sense of "ought." Forms of normativity, namely, interpretive and constitutive forms, are not only bound by evolution, but ultimately, via the same dynamic process, they give rise to our prescriptive-normative practices. As a theoretical backdrop for motivating my proposal, I start with an elaboration of (...)
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    How Genuine is the Paradox of Irrationality?Yujian Zheng - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 26:74-80.
    In light of interpreting a paradox of irrationality, vaguely expressed by Donald Davidson in the context of explaining weakness of will, I attempt to show that it contains a significant thesis regarding the cognitive as well as motivational basis of our normative practice. First, an irrational act must involve both a rational element and a non-rational element at its core. Second, irrationality entails free and intentional violation of fundamental norms which the agent deems right or necessary. Third, "normative interpretation" is (...)
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  17. Implicit norm, partial understanding, and evolutionary rationality.Yujian Zheng - unknown
     
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  18. Motivation, Deliberation, and Rationality for Dynamic Choice.Yujian Zheng - 1995 - Dissertation, Bowling Green State University
    How can one knowingly choose against one's best judgment? This is both a traditional philosophical puzzle and a realistic problem in our everyday life. This dissertation is an exposition and examination of a recent work, by George Ainslie, with regard to its innovative explanation as well as rational solution of such a problem. With the help of the new Ainsliean model, I have also sought to offer some analysis of a number of issues that I believe are important to the (...)
     
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  19. Memes, mind, and normativity.Yujian Zheng - 2008 - In Culture, Nature, Memes. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. pp. 191-201.
    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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    Normative connection and re-enchantment of nature.Yujian Zheng - unknown
    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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  21. Re-enchantment of nature : McDowell and Merleau-Ponty on perception.Yujian Zheng - unknown
     
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    Unconscious intentionality and the status of normativity in Searle’s philosophy : with comparative reference to traditional Chinese thought.Yujian Zheng - unknown
    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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    Why is Swampman not a zombie?Yujian Zheng - unknown
    I will consider two related questions in this paper: 1. Is a normative quality essential to mind? 2. Is history essential to mind? Apparently, claiming that they are related implies that history has something to do with normativity. Since these issues are very big, too big to be adequately handled by any short paper, I shall, firstly, confine my discussion to one important source, i.e., Dretske 2001, as my major target, and only treat other related ones peripherally. Secondly, I shall (...)
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