I'm a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Arizona. Before moving to the gorgeous Sonoran Desert, I was quite used to finding myself buried in the heavy snow typical of Ohio’s winter while I studied at The Ohio State University. But in Chengdu, where I grew up, snow is also a rare treat (I still remember this one time in primary school, when my teacher canceled class just to let us play with snow in the playground!), so I'm feeling right at home now.
My philosophical interests are very broad. When forced, I usually explain to people that I'm most interested in the intersections of value theory and metaphysics, and then wish that'd make at least some sense. Other times I just randomly pick a few from the following list to keep the conversation going: social & political philosophy, metaphysics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of gender, ethics, philosophy of law, and history of early analytic philosophy.
Outside academic philosophy, I'm really into aviation. I taught visual effects as part of an Honors & Scholars program back at Ohio State for three years. I also build and maintain websites. Many of my public writings (in Mandarin) since 2018 are available on Matters.
A Note on My Name
While I was previously known as “Zhiyuan Li” (which remains my legal name), I would appreciate being known professionally as “Ding” due to family-related reasons. “Ding” can function as both a first name and a last name.
And a Note on Pronouns
I go by “they/them.”