Research Program: Logic, Language and Philosophy


Logic arose in the context of ancient Greek philosophy, and was also an integral part of the Chinese philosophical tradition. Modern logic is used in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and many other areas. Through its ties with the philosophy of language, logic deeply influenced modern semantics, becoming a crucial tool for linguistics. This project focusses on (a) foundations of applying logic in philosophy and semantics, and logic’s own presuppositions, (b) foundations and applications of dynamic semantics of natural language, and (c) connections between logic and analytic philosophy, and its accompanying conceptions of modernism and modernity in China and the West.


  • Ju Fengkui (Beijing Normal University)
  • Martin Stokhof (The University of Amsterdam)
  • Frank Veltman (The University of Amsterdam)
  • Wang Lu (Tsinghua University)
  • Dag Westerståhl (Stockholm University)
  • Zhang Liying  (Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing)
  • Zhou Yuncheng (Tsinghua University)

Key publications

  1. Martin Stokhof, ‘Hand or hammer? On formal and natural languages in semantics’ In: The Journal of Indian Philosophy, Vol. 35, no. 5-6, 2007, pp. 597-626
  2. Fengkui Ju and Fenrong Liu: Prioritized imperatives and conflicting norms, in European Journal of Analytic Philosophy: Imperatives and Philosophy,  7(2):35-58, 2011.
  3. Martin Stokhof: The Role of Artificial Languages, in: D. Graff Fara and G. Russell (eds), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language, London, Routledge, 544-553, 2011.
  4. Dag Westerståhl: From Constants to Consequence, and Back. Synthese Vol. 187, No.3, 957-971, 2012.
  5. Martin Stokhof: Formal Semantics and Wittgenstein: An Alternative? in The Monist, Vol. 96, no. 2, 205-231, 2013.


  • Workshop on “Logic and Modernity: Chinese and European Perspectives”. 11-12 October, 2014, Tsinghua University.