About

In Pescadores, Taiwan, 2016

My name is Yu Li-an (游 立安). I do research on philosophy of science with an emphasis on axiology of science. I am developing my doctoral thesis with the working title Controlling Nature: An Axiological Examination of Science-Based Climate Policymaking at Bielefeld University in Germany. Before that, I studied earth science at National Taiwan Normal University, and completed my master degree with a thesis titled Determinism and Indeterminism in the Light of Modern Physics at National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan.

My research interests chiefly lie in the multifaceted relationship between understanding, communication and action, in particular that between policy-driven scientific research and science-based policymaking in social and historical context. I am enthusiastic to explore historical cases of incorporating scientific knowledge and practice into changing views of society and nature in intercultural settings. I examine the claims and actions of historical agents at the intersection of various cultural, epistemic and practical systems, and take a close look at the interacting systems as cultural adaption processes with a novel threefold evaluation scheme. Currently, I pay more attention to climatology, seismology, demography and natural history in policymaking from the mid-19th century onward.

Aside from my doctoral research, I have strong interests in philosophy of physics, philosophy of earth science, environmental philosophy, history of science, environmental history, and Buddhism.

I enjoy working as bridge-builder among the public, philosophers and scientists. I serve as online group manager for Formosan Forum of History & Philosophy of Science, Formosan Science & Policy Research Group and Beitou Forum of Public Affairs, and as fanpage manager for Chi-Yen First Party X Beitou Dan-Feng Association (originally contributed to an environmental controversy in Taipei in which I was involved. Also look at this link).

I relax with reading, cooking, music, learning languages, workout, photography and travel, and am happy with being an amateur social critic.

I went vegetarian in 2003, based on the argument that animals are cute.


Some Pictorial Representations of the Temporal Parts of Li-an

In Yilan, Taiwan, 2020

In Tamsui, Taiwan, 2018

In Kyoto, Japan, 2014

In Taipei, Taiwan, 2012

In Los Angeles, California, 2011

In Los Angeles, California, 2011

In Taitung, Taiwan, 2011

In Taipei, Taiwan, 2009

In Taipei, Taiwan, 2008

In Taipei, Taiwan, 2007

In Hualien, Taiwan, 2002

In Taipei, Taiwan, 2001

In Taipei, Taiwan, 1990

In Taipei, Taiwan, 1990

In Taipei, Taiwan, 1990