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Hanti Lin


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
  • M.S., Logic, Computation and Methodology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
  • M.A., Philosophy, University College London, 2007
  • B.A., Physics, National Taiwan University, 2003


Hanti Lin grew up, completed his undergraduate study, and fulfilled his military service obligation in his home country, Taiwan. His native language is Taiwanese Hokkien, which is the only option when he speaks with his grandparents. He learned Mandarin Chinese as a second language, and English is his third language. 

Research Focus

Hanti Lin’s work focuses on the cognitive and conative roles of accepting sentences or propositions, especially the roles that it does play, can play, or should play, in inquiry, decision-making, or linguistic understanding. This research focus has generated the following projects:

  • how to justify an inductive logic/strategy in terms of the way it helps an inquirer achieve her epistemic goals;
  • how to choose between deductive logics in terms of their impacts on one's decision-making in everyday practical reasoning;
  • how to unify the epistemology of qualitative beliefs and the epistemology of probabilistic degrees of belief;
  • how to develop a general framework for natural language semantics---so general that it does not presuppose the dominant (but challenged) view that every declarative sentence works by describing the world, and so general that it covers at least conditionals, epistemic modals, moral sentences, and mathematical sentences. 

Selected Publications


Hanti Lin usually teaches “Theory of Knowledge,” “Formal Epistemology,” “Logic, Probability, and Artificial Intelligence,” or other courses that concern the rationality or justification of inquiry or decision-making.