Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Jackie Sullivan


Assistant Professor

Philosophy of Neuroscience, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind
Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy
BA Clark University; MS, PhD University of Pittsburgh

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85757
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4151

My research is situated at the intersection of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science and has its origin in a single basic question: What light does contemporary neuroscience shed on the relationship between mind and brain? My approach to this question is unique insofar as I contend that answering it requires directing analytical scrutiny at the investigative strategies neuroscientists use to probe this relationship. To this end, the project at the heart of my research program is to develop and refine a conceptual framework for analyzing experiments and experimental practice in the neurosciences of cognition.
I am happy to supervise projects in philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of psychiatry and philosophy of scientific experimentation. Students whom I supervise may be interested in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Brain and Mind Institute’s Lab Associates’ program, which offers some interdisciplinary training in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience.
Some recent publications
(Forthcoming) “Construct Stabilization and the (Dis)Unity of the Mind-Brain Sciences.” Philosophy of Science.

(2015) “Qualitative Assessment of Self-Identity in Advanced Dementia”, Sadvhi Bahtra, Jacqueline Sullivan, Beverly Williams, David Geldmacher. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. doi: 10.1177/1471301215601619

(2014) “Stabilizing Mental Disorders: Prospects and Problems” in Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds, Harold Kincaid and Jacqueline A. Sullivan, Eds. (MIT Press), pp. 257-281.