Jaclyn Lanthier 2017-09-13T12:44:20+00:00

Project Description


  • Philosophy of Neuroscience & Psychiatry

  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science

  • Epistemology

  • Philosophy of Mind



Doctoral Student;
Department of Philosophy, Western University

Jaclyn Lanthier is a current PhD student in department of Philosophy at Western.  Her primary area of research is philosophy of neuroscience and epistemology.  Jaclyn’s research assesses the exchange and synthesis of information from different fields in the mind-brain sciences with the goal of providing a framework for improving our understanding of the mind with interdisciplinary research.

Jaclyn graduated from Concordia University with an Honors BA in Philosophy and in Western Society and Civilization at the Liberal Arts College.  Her Master’s summer research project (supervised by Dr. Jacqueline Sullivan) investigated the epistemic status of structure-function claims in cognitive neuroscience, particularly with respect to memory research.

Jaclyn’s interests concern the way in which multiple areas of science – psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, computer science, etc. – aim to advance our understanding of the mind. It is widely recognized that in achieving this aim, contributions from each area of science are essential, and further, that these areas must work together in order to give a complete picture of the mind. Jaclyn’s main research involves assessing the exchange and synthesis of information from these different areas and creating a framework for effective interdisciplinary research of the mind. Her research is motivated by the following questions: given that different areas of science diverge in fundamental ways (e.g., assumptions, concepts, methods, etc.), how can they work effectively together? What would it mean for disciplines to have meaningful exchanges of information that would enhance our understanding of the mind? What are the relationships between these different areas of science? While these questions are primarily addressed in relation to case studies in memory research, I hope to use these case studies to draw out the broader implications of interdisciplinary research in the mind-brain sciences.

More generally, in philosophy of neuroscience, Jaclyn is interested in the relation between evidence and explanation. In particular, she is interested in questions about what kind of evidence is necessary for putting a structure-function claims in cognitive neuroscience on strong epistemic footing? What would it mean for evidence to be convergent? What constitutes a ‘good’ explanation versus a ‘bad’ explanation.

Jaclyn is also interested in the use of scientific models. Specifically, she is interested in questions about what we can learn from models and how we can translate or convert that information to knowledge about its target system/aspect.


  1. Book chapter ‘Neurobiology and Performativity: Finding the Middle Ground in the Politics of Sexual Citizenship’, accepted for eBook arising from 3rd Global Conference, Sex and the State.  Ed., Lisa Howard.  [Oxford, UK: Inter-disciplinary Press, 9 pages].  I am the sole author of this chapter. (Forthcoming)
  2. Book chapter, ‘Broadening and Complicating Sexual Citizenship with Third-Way/ Minimal Marriage Model’, accepted for book ‘Erotic Subjects and Outlaws: Sketching the Borders of Sexual Citizenship’. Ed., Serena Petrella.  [Oxford, UK: Inter-disciplinary Press, 18 pages].  I am the sole author of this chapter. (Forthcoming)
  3. JACLYN LANTHIER. Review of MAZVIITA CHIRIMUUTA ‘Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy’ Dialogue, available on CJO2016. doi:10.1017/S0012217316000433.

Conference Presentations

  1. Lanthier, Jaclyn. 2014. ‘Gendered Cognition and the Abolition Thereof: Reconsidering Model- Types in Cognitive Neuroscience’.  Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP), Science, Technology and Gender, August 13-15, 2014, University of Waterloo.
  2. Lanthier, Jaclyn. 2014. ‘Structure-Function Claims and How Functional Triangulation Works to Put Them on Firmer Epistemic Footing in Cognitive Neuroscience’. 30th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science, Neurons, Mechanisms, and the Mind: The History and Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder October 10-12, 2014.
  3. Lanthier, Jaclyn. 2014. ‘Neurobiology and Performativity: Finding the Middle Ground in the Politics of Sexual Citizenship’.  3rd Global Conference, Sex and the State, Montreal, October 17-19.

TA & Grader for Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1020), taught by Dr. Thorp – Fall & Winter term, 2013-2014