Yitu Hu

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Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
1st Year Ph.D. Student (Pre-dissertation phase)

My philosophical interests lie in various topics in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, mind, and language. I see my interests as natural extensions of puzzles that bother me the most. For example, How can the modest method of inquiry that we commonly adopt justify our ambitious claim on knowledge? Do necessary truths like “1+1=2”, “if p then p” and “I am where I am” describe the world out there, or do they just mirror the way the mind works? Can we live without abstract objects? The list goes on.

Before coming to Columbia, I was a first-year MA student at Wuhan University, where I also got my BA in philosophy the year before. Outside philosophy, I enjoy tennis, swimming, soccer, films, music (mostly classical), Chinese and English literature, good food and beautiful places.