Dr. Jonathan Y. Tsou
I am 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 philosophy of psychiatry dissertation ("The Reality and Classification of Mental Disorders") under the direction of William C. Wimsatt, Robert J. Richards, and Ian Hacking. 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 2008-2009, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (Philosophy). In 2021, I was awarded the Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher Designation by Iowa State University.
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 philosophy of cognitive science and history of 20th century philosophy of science (especially Carnap, Quine, and Kuhn). I am author of Philosophy of Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and co-editor of Objectivity in Science (Springer, 2015).
I am a member of the Program Committee for the 27th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA 2020/2021). I am a member of the Executive Council of the Advancement for Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP), the Editorial Advisory Board for Philosophy of Medicine, and the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) Archive Committee. In 2014-2017, I was a member of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies.