Xiaoqiang (John) Han



Sessional Lecturer


St. George,

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  • BA (Philosophy), Peking University
  • MA (Philosophy), Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • PhD (Philosophy), Queen’s University at Kingston

John Han received his first university education in Philosophy at Beijing University and Renming University in China. He gained his master’s and doctoral degrees in Philosophy at Memorial University and Queen’s University, respectively. His research interests include metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and comparative philosophy. His most recent research focuses on Zhuangzi’s radical skepticism and an epistemic paradox derived from Mohist logic. He has taught various courses in art history, aesthetics, logic, the history of Western philosophy, and Chinese philosophy.

Dr. Han is also interested in photography.

Research Interests:

Comparative Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language


  • Aristotle in China (translation), Jiangsu Publishing House (2018)
  • “The Happy Fish of the Disputers,” in Happy Fish and Zhuangzi, University of Hawaii Press, 2015
  • “There Is No Such Thing as Reference Failure,” Abstracta, 6, no.1 (2011)
  • “A Butterfly Dream in a Brain in a Vat,” Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 38, no. 1 ( 2010)
  • “Searle’s Theory of Social Reality and Some Social Reality,” Synthesis Philosophica 24, no. 2 (2009)
  • “Why Cannot We Dispense with the Subject-Predicate Form without Losing Something More?” Florida Philosophy Review 9, no 2 (2009)
  • “Maybe There Are No Subject-Predicate Sentences in Chinese.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8, no. 3 (2009)
  • “Criterion or Criteria of Change,”Metaphysica: the International Journal for Ontology & Metaphysics 11, no. 2 (2009)
  • “Interpreting the Butterfly Dream,” Asian Philosophy 19, no. 1 (2009)
  • “Feature-Placing Sentences and the Canonical Scheme,” Abstracta 4, no. 2 (2009)
  • “Speaking of Flux,” Acta Analytica: International Periodical for Philosophy in the Analytical Tradition 24, no.1 (2009)
  • “Is Being a ‘Screen’ of God?” Res Cogitans: Journal of Philosophy 1, no.5 (2008)
  • “On Reference Failure,” Philosophy Pathways, no. 139 (2008)
  • “Subjectless Change Revisitedm,” E-Logos, August (2008)
  • “Image-Based De Re Thought,” Disputatio: International Journal of Philosophy 2, no. 24 (2008)