Director - SHPR | Philosophy Professor

Milam Hall

Milam Hall 306C

2520 SW Campus Way

2520 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Curriculum Vitae: 

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Affiliated with: 
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
OSU Main Campus
Courses Taught: 

PHL 121 Reasoning and Writing

PHL 325 Scientific Reasoning

PHL 444/544 Biomedical Ethics

PHL 474/574 Philosophy of Biology

Research/Career Interests: 


Dr. Kaplan came to Oregon State University in 2003. Prior to his position at OSU, he served as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a Lecturer in Philosophy at Stanford University, and was a post-doctoral fellow with the Stanford University Biomedical Ethics Center's Program in Genomics, Ethics and Society. 

Select Publications

Making Sense of Evolution

University of Chicago Press, 2006

(co-written with Massimo Pigliucci)

Making Sense of Evolution
 The Limits and Lies of Human Genetic Research

The Limits and Lies of Human Genetic Research.

Routledge Press, 2000


Select Articles and Chapters

  • [In Press]. “The Biological Reality of Race: What is at stake?” in Race and Genomics: Debates and Perspectives, Ed. Ludovica Lorusso. Routledge Press.

  • 2019. “Self-Care as Self-Blame Redux: Stress as Personal and Political.” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 29(2): 97-123.

  • 2018. “Ethical Guidelines for Genetic Research on Alcohol Addiction and Its Applications.” Audrey Chapman, Adrian Carter, Jonathan Kaplan, Kylie Morphett, and Wayne Hall. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 28(1): 1-22.

  • 2017. “The concept of genetic disease.” In Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine. Pp. 144-155. Ed. Miriam Solomon, Jeremy Simon, and Harold Kincaid. Taylor and Francis. (First published online October 2016)

  • 2015.  “Gould on Morton, Redux: What can the debate reveal about the limits of data?” Jonathan M. Kaplan, Massimo Pigliucci, and Josh Banta.  Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biology and the Biomedical Sciences. 52: 22-31 (Online First in February 2015).
  • 2015.  “Race, IQ, and the Search for Statistical Signals Associated with So-Called ‘X’-Factors: Environments, Racism, and the ‘Hereditarian Hypothesis’.” Biology and Philosophy. 30(1): 1-17. (Available online via On-Line First in 2014)
  • 2014.  “Ignorance, Lies, and Ways of Being Racist.” Critical Race Theory. 2(2): 160-182
  • 2014. “Realism, Antirealism, and Conventionalism about Race.” Jonathan M. Kaplan and Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther. Philosophy of Science. 81 (December 2014):1039–1052.
  • 2013. “Ontologies and Politics of Bio-Genomic ‘Race’.” Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther and Jonathan M. Kaplan. Theoria. 60(3):54-80.
  • 2013. “‘Relevant Similarity’ and the Causes of Biological Evolution: Selection, Fitness, and Statistically Abstractive Explanations.” Biology and Philosophy. 28(3):405-421. (Available online via On-Line First in 2012.)
  • 2013. “Prisoners of Abstraction? The Theory and Measure of Genetic Variation, and the Very Concept of ‘Race.’” Jonathan M. Kaplan and Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther.  Biological Theory 7(4): 401-412. (Available online via On-Line First in 2012.)
  • 2012.  “Personalizing Risk: How Behavior Genetics Research into Addiction Makes the Political Personal.” Chapter 14 of Genetic Research on Addiction: Ethics, the Law, and Public Health.  Edited by Audrey R. Chapman.   Cambridge University Press.
  • 2012.  “Conclusions and Recommendations: Ethical Guidance for Genetic Research on Addiction and Its Translation into Public Policy.”  Audrey Chapman, Jonathan Kaplan, and Adrian Carter. Chapter 15 of  Genetic Research on Addiction: Ethics, the Law, and Public Health.  Edited by Audrey R. Chapman.   Cambridge University Press.
  • 2010. “When Socially Determined Categories Make Biological Realities: Understanding Black/White Health Disparities in the U.S.” Forthcoming in The Monist 93(2): 283–299.
  • 2010. “‘Race’: What Biology Can Tell Us About a Social Construct.” In Encyclopedia of Life
    Sciences. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester.
  • 2009. “Misinformation, Misrepresentation, and Misuse of Human Behavioral Genetics
    Research.” In The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on the Criminal Law edited by Nina A.
    Farahany. Oxford University Press. pp. 45-80.