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Seungil Lee

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202A Gregory Hall

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Undergraduate Advisor

Research Interests

  • AOS Philosophy of Physics, Metaphysics
  • AOC  Logic, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Asian Philosophy

Research Description

I am primarily focused on the intersections between contemporary physics and metaphysics. Specifically, I am interested in examining how quantum mechanics could shed light on metaphysical questions related to objects, properties, and relations.

Current research interests include:

  • Relational quantum mechanics
  • Quantum indeterminacy

Other research interests: 

  • Time
  • Permutation symmetry
  • Modality


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    ▸ Thesis: 'Essays on Properties, Relations, and (Quantum) Objects'
    ▸ Committee: Noël Saenz (chair), Dan Korman, Christopher Weaver, Jonathan Livengood, Paul G. Kwiat (physics department), and Philip Phillips (physics department)
  • B.Phil., Philosophy, University of Oxford, UK
    Thesis: 'Restricted Material Composition'
    Supervisor: Antony Eagle
  • B.A., Philosophy, Yonsei University, S. Korea

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Philosophy 
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Philosophy of Science (Fall 2023)


  • Metaphysical Mayhem August 2023
  • Korean Society for Philosophy of Science June 2022
  • APA Eastern January 2022
  • APA Pacific April 2021
  • APA Central February 2020
  • APA Central, Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy February 2020
  • Illinois Philosophical Association November 2019
  • Central States Philosophical Association October 2019
  • North Carolina Philosophical Society March 2019
  • APA Central February 2019
  • Indiana Philosophical Association August 2018
  • Illinois Philosophical Association November 2015

Topics Presented Include:

  • Interpretative issues in quantum mechanics
  • The metaphysics of time and special relativity
  • Bundle theory
  • Permutation symmetry in quantum mechanics
  • Modal realism
  • The problem(s) of evil in Mahayana Buddhism

Recent Publications

  • 'Bundle Theory and Weak Discernibility' in Analytic Philosophy (2023)
  • 'Is the Principle of Recombination Humean?' in Journal of Philosophical Ideas (2022)
  • 'The Rate Question and Special Relativity' in The Korean Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2022)