Katie PlaisanceKathryn S. Plaisance, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Department of Knowledge Integration

Cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy

Contact information:

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38612
Office: Environment 1 (EV1), room 203
Email: kplaisan@uwaterloo.ca, ki.ug.associatechair@uwaterloo.ca


PhD Philosophy, University of Minnesota, USA, 2006
MA Philosophy, University of Minnesota, USA, 2004
BS Molecular Biology and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, USA, 2000


University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher, 2016

Research interests:

Philosophical issues in the human behavioral sciences, public understanding of science, interactional expertise, and Socially Relevant Philosophy Of Science (SRPOS).

Research grants/fellowships:

  • Research project on "Interactional Expertise, Collaboration, and the Philosophy of Science" (2011-12)
    • Funded by: Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy of Biology (2007-2009)
    • Funded by: Centre for Philosophy and Ethics of Science (ZEWW), Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Recent/key publications:

Edited volumes:

  • Plaisance, Kathryn S. and Thomas Reydon, eds. (2012) "Philosophy of Behavioral Biology", Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 282
  • Plaisance, Kathryn S. and Carla Fehr, eds. (2010), "Making Philosophy of Science More Socially Relevant", special issue of Synthese, vol. 177(3): 301-492.

Published papers:

  • Plaisance, Kathryn S., Thomas Reydon, and Mehmet Elgin (2012), "Why the (Gene) Counting Argument Fails in the Massive Modularity Debate: The Need for Understanding Gene Concepts and Genotype-Phenotype Relationships", Philosophical Psychology, vol. 25(6): 873-892.

  • Fehr, Carla and Kathryn S. Plaisance (2010), "Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science: An Introduction", Synthese, vol. 177(3): 301-316.

Courses taught:

  • INTEG 220, Nature of Scientific Knowledge
  • INTEG 221, The Social Nature of Knowledge
  • INTEG 375, Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Science, Society and Values
  • INTEG 375, Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity

  • INTEG 420 A & B, Senior Research Project A & B

  • INTEG 475, Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science (held with PHIL 458 and PHIL 673)