Dr. Jonathan Y. Tsou

University of Texas at Dallas
Bass School of AHT, JO31
800 West Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080-3021


I am Professor of Philosophy, the Marvin and Kathleen Stone Distinguished Professor of Humanities in Medicine and Science, and the Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology (CVMST) at University of Texas at Dallas (Bass School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology). I received my Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 2008, where I wrote a philosophy of psychiatry dissertation under the direction of William C. Wimsatt, Robert J. Richards, and Ian Hacking. In 2008-09, I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UT Dallas in 2022, I was Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University. In 2021, I was awarded the Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher Designation by Iowa State University for outstanding undergraduate teaching over an extended period.

I am a philosopher of science with broad and interdisciplinary research interests. In addition to general philosophy of science issues (e.g., natural kinds, causation, underdetermination, values in science), I have special interests in philosophy of science issues as they arise in psychiatry and psychology. I also have longstanding research interests in the history of 20th century philosophy of science (especially Carnap, Kuhn, and Quine). I am author of Philosophy of Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press, 2021), co-editor (with Flavia Padovani and Alan Richardson) of Objectivity in Science (Springer, 2015), and co-editor (with Gregory J. Robson) of Technology Ethics (Routledge, 2023).

I am a member of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA). I was a member of the Program Committee for the PSA 2020/2021 meeting and the Poster Forum Committee for the PSA 2022 meeting. I am a member of the Executive Council of the Advancement for Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) and the Editorial Advisory Board for Philosophy of Medicine. In 2014-17, I was a member of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies.