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  • Meta-metaphysics

  • Metaphysics of virtual reality

  • Social and political philosophy


  • Rotman Institute of Philosophy
    Western University
    Western Interdisciplinary Research Building,
    London, Ontario, Canada
    N6A 3K7


Doctoral Student;
Department of Philosophy, Western University

Yusheng Xia is a third-year Ph.D. student in the philosophy department at Western University after he received his Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University at Buffalo, U.S.A., and Shenzhen University, China. His research is in meta-metaphysics. He is also interested in the metaphysics of virtual reality (big gamer!) and social and political philosophy. Let’s hope he will not play too many games and graduate before the funding runs out!

My research is in meta-metaphysics and has two foci right now. First, I am trying to find a middle ground between ontological realism, on which we have the best way to read reality from languages, and ontological (carnapian) deflationism, on which the ontology entirely depends on the chosen linguistic framework. Second, I am trying to defend metaphysics in the face of science.

Critical Thinking (Fall 2021)
Death (Winter 2022)
Intro to Philosophy (Fall 2022, Winter 2023)
Business Ethics (Fall 2022, Winter 2023)
Big Ideas (Fall 2023)