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Shao-An Hsu

Shao An Hsu

Shao-An Hsu

Teaching Associate



337E University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language


  • B.S. in psychology, National Taiwan University, 2014
  • M.A. in philosophy, Tufts University, 2022

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My research focuses mostly on the intersection of philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of language. My central concern is intentionality––the foundation for perception, thought, knowledge and other intentional acts. The questions about it that I have been tackling include: What is it for the mind or a language to be about anything at all? What makes a representation, mental or linguistic, have the content it does? How is it possible for the mind to be about the external world? By virtue of what? What contribution, if any, does (phenomenal) consciousness make to intentionality? What is the relationship between the aboutness of the mental and the linguistic? I am inclined to place these questions in a normative context, as I believe that it is (partly) because of the power of agency that intentionality is possible and hence the questions of truth and objectivity can be legitimately asked. In addition, I like to dabble in metaphysics sometimes; I am most attracted to issues of modality and “meta-metaphysics”, and I tend to associate them with the above fields of study.