Jonathan Y. Tsou

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Iowa State University
402 Catt Hall
Ames, IA
USA    50011-1306



I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science) in 2008, where I wrote a dissertation under the direction of William C. Wimsatt, Robert J. Richards, and Ian Hacking (Title: "The Reality and Classification of Mental Disorders"). I completed my M.A. from the University of Western Ontario (Philosophy) and my B.A. (First Class Honors) from Simon Fraser University (Philosophy and Psychology). In 2008-09, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (Philosophy).

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, explanation, underdetermination, values in science), I have special interests in philosophy of science issues as they arise in psychiatry and the psychological sciences more generally. I also have research interests in the history of analytic philosophy (especially logical empiricism) and philosophy of mind.

In 2014-17, I am a member of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies.