Professor Ten Chin Liew awarded Emeritus Professorship by NUS



The Department of Philosophy proudly and heartily congratulates Professor Ten Chin Liew on being conferred the title of Emeritus Professor by NUS.

Professor Ten has accumulated over 25 years of service to the University, including 6½ years as Head of the Department of Philosophy, and countless hours as a dedicated and inspiring teacher and supervisor. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the political philosophy of J.S. Mill, and has contributed nationally in the areas of bioethics and laboratory animal research. Professor Ten’s ideas have influenced the likes of H.L.A. Hart (the preeminent legal philosopher of the 20th century), Joseph Raz (arguably the most important living legal philosopher), Nigel Walker (the great British criminologist), and Wayne Sumner (the distinguished Canadian legal and political philosopher). He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 1989, and of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2000.

On this occasion the faculty, staff, and students of the Philosophy department, both current and former, would like to express our deep gratitude to Professor Ten for his invaluable contributions. We join the University in honoring an outstanding alumnus, who is also a cherished colleague, mentor and friend.

Note: The title of Emeritus Professor is conferred on a professor who is on or near retirement in recognition of the professor’s sustained contributions in terms of distinguished scholarship and conspicuous service to the University. (NUS University Statutes and Regulations, Regulation 8)

Cataloguing of Books in the Department Resource Room


In June 2010, a group of students embarked on a project to catalogue the books in the Philosophy Department’s Resource Room (AS3/0523), working under the direction of Dr. Loy Hui-Chieh and the co-ordination of Ms. Rosna Buang. The books, accumulated over many years, were in a mess. It was extremely difficult to find a volume that one wanted; and that’s assuming that one actually knew if the book existed in the collection. For these and other reasons, the Resource Room gradually fell into a state of disuse.

For the project, the volunteers—Tan Li Ling, Yuen Ming De, Yap Zi Wei, Lim Chong Ming, Sulastri, Sooty Heng, and Asuka Fuji—systematically re-tagged and re-arranged the books in the Resource Room according to their subjects. They also entered the information of the books into an online catalogue, utilizing the services provided by LibraryThing. The volunteers were armed with laptops, music and face-masks (due to the dust)—and eventually reinforced by pizza—worked for five days to complete the work.

You can now browse the online catalogue by clicking on the link in the widget on the right sidebar. The collection is highly eclectic on account of the way it came together over many years and should not be taken as exactly representative of the current faculty’s research interest (or so Dr. Loy told us). But nonetheless, it is a very interesting collection containing many read-worthy titles. Students who wish to borrow any book from the Resource Room should contact Anjana, the Department’s Management Assistant Officer, during office hours.