Jin Yuelin Chair at Tsinghua University


Jin Yuelin is the founding father of modern logic in China, as well as a pioneer in establishing bridges in the field of philosophy between China and the West. After receiving his doctorate at Columbia University in 1920, he returned to Beijing to lecture on mathematical logic, and then went on to create the department of philosophy at Tsinghua University.

In 2017, Tsinghua University decided to institute a Jin Yuelin Visiting Chair to support the activities of its Logic Center that has been in existence since 2014. One key aim is to ensure a permanent international presence in logic, broadly conceived, in Jin Yuelin’s spirit of collaboration.

The tasks of the Jin Yuelin professors are:

  • to engage in research with colleagues  the Logic Research center and beyond,
  • to teach undergraduate courses in logic broadly conceived,
  • to teach advanced graduate seminars,
  • to engage in activities enhancing international collaboration.

Tsinghua University is proud to continue the tradition started by Jin Yuelin now almost a century ago, and this chair is a highly visible sign of this support. The Jin Yuelin Chair will be held by a team of international colleagues for the years to come.

Jin Yuelin Professors

Johan van Benthem (范丙申) is a University Professor of Logic at the University of Amsterdam and Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. His interests include logics of information, action and games, as well as public outreach for logic.  He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Europaea AE, the Institut International de Philosophie IIP, and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences AAAS.


Martin Stokhof (司马亭) is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. His interests include formal semantics and pragmatics of natural language, philosophy of language, as well as the philosophy of Wittgenstein. He has been the chair of the Dutch national KNAW NWO China Committee, and he was a Weilun Professor at Tsinghua University in 2015.  He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Europaea AE, and the Institut International de Philosophie IIP.


Dag Westerståhl (魏达格) is a Professor of Theoretical Philosophy and Logic at Stockholm University. His interests include logic, formal semantics, and philosophy of language, with a special emphasis on integrating themes such as on generalized quantifiers, studied both from a logical and a linguistic point of view. He has been Secretary General of the International Division of Logic and Methodology of Science, and he is a member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Jeremy Seligman (谢立民) is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Auckland (NZ). His interests include the application of logic and mathematics to philosophy, witness his work in Situation Theory, as well as outreach to other disciplines. His recent interest is interfaces with the social sciences, using tools from logic and computer science to understand knowledge and communication in a social setting. He has been visiting China and interacting with Chinese colleagues in various capacities since the 1990s.