• Area of Specialization: American Pragmatism (especially C.S. Peirce), Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Ethical Theory
  • Area of Competency: History of Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Aesthetics, Digital Humanities, and Data Analytics

I’ve been interested in philosophical questions ever since I got curious about theology. Fundamental questions about God and eternity and human life are always my concern. I’m attracted to metaphysics, because it answers a lot of my biggest questions.

Also, I love computers. I’m pretty optimistic about computers and technology because I think technology is a very useful tool for the betterment of human life. In my free time, I like reading and experimenting with digital media.

I always wanted to harmonize my concerns about eternity and some serious stuff, and, on the other hand, questions about transient but necessary things in this life, especially technology. From a philosophical perspective, I think ethics tries to find answers and guidelines to the problems we face in life.

My current and future research thus focuses on the investigation of human experience from the perspective of integrating technology with the humanities. I believe my research is beneficial in that this mindset can revamp all disciplines concerned – humanities provide comprehensive and reflective points of view and technology can bring these ideals into reality. In the long run, I believe research in interdisciplinary programs best embraces the ultimate end of human life, that is, flourishing, or the hope of a better future.

In my dissertation currently I'm working on, I'm writing about the theory of determination in Peirce and Robert C. Neville. I think most of our actions have a determinate character, so I’m interested in how that happens.  I think Peirce and Robert C. Neville can give us some insights and explanation on the topic.  Habits are shaped through the struggle of daily life, and that struggle forms our perceptions which then inform our actions. The whole is both a semiotic process and the process that generates conceptual knowledge. The relation between these (habits versus perceptions) is difficult to understand but I think we can understand it better than we have up until now.

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Dr. Sam Chung