Ohio University

Yoichi Ishida

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Assistant Professor
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My name is Yoichi Ishida (pronounced "yo-EE-chee ee-SHEE-da"). I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University. I work in the areas of philosophy of science and philosophy of biology. My philosophical and scientific articles have been published in Philosophy of Science, BioEssays, and Journal of General Physiology. My research has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Research

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Biology

My research concerns epistemological and methodological issues that arise when we study the fine details of scientific practice, particularly the practice of modeling in the biological sciences. My research also brings these details to bear on topics in philosophy of science and philosophy of biology. My work is driven by a desire to understand the innovative ways in which scientists investigate the world. In collaboration with biologists I also do scientific research using computational models. (More on his website.)

Teaching

I am interested in teaching a variety of courses in philosophy at undergraduate and graduate levels. My courses emphasize deep understanding of the materials and critical discussion of ideas in oral and written formats. I am committed to make my courses and materials inclusive.

Recent Courses

The syllabus for each course is available upon request.

  • MODELS OF MIND AND SOCIETY (Graduate)
    Fall 2017, Ohio University
  • CAUSATION AND EXPLANATION (Graduate)
    Fall 2016, Ohio University
  • EVOLUTION OF HUMAN COGNITION AND COOPERATION (Graduate)
    Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Ohio University
  • MODELS AND REPRESENTATION (Graduate)
    Fall 2015, Ohio University
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF PHILOSOPHY
    Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Ohio University
  • PRINCIPLES OF REASONING
    Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Ohio University
  • PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE SURVEY
    Fall 2014, Ohio University

Publications

  1. Sewall Wright, Shifting Balance Theory, and the Hardening of the Modern Synthesis.
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 61 (2017): 1-10.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF [PDF]
  2. A Mathematical Model of Osteoclast Acidification During Bone Resorption. (With Frank V. Marcoline [first author], Joseph A. Mindell, Smita Nayak, and Michael Grabe)
    Bone 93 (2016): 167-180.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF [PDF]
  3. A Model of Lysosomal pH Regulation. (With Smita Nayak, Joseph A. Mindell, and Michael Grabe)
    Journal of General Physiology 141 (2013): 705-720.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF [PDF]
  4. Sewall Wright and Gustave Malécot on Isolation by Distance.
    Philosophy of Science 76 (2009): 784-796.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF [PDF]
  5. Transposable Elements and an Epigenetic Basis for Punctuated Equilibria. (With David Zeh and Jeanne Zeh)
    BioEssays 31 (2009): 715-726.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF [PDF]
  6. Patterns, Models, and Predictions: Robert MacArthur's Approach to Ecology.
    Philosophy of Science 74 (2007): 642-653.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF [PDF]

Grant Support

  • Historical and Philosophical Analysis of the Genetic Maps in Seymour Benzer's Research on Genetic Fine Structure
    Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
    National Science Foundation (NSF #1230201) AWARD ABSTRACT

Recent Presentations

  • Visual Thinking in Genetics.
    ISHPSSB
    Montreal, Canada, July 5--10, 2015.
  • Visual Thinking in Genetics.
    ISHPSSB
    Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA, April 10--12, 2015.
  • Seymour Benzer, Genetic Maps, and the Junkman's Problem.
    ISHPSSB
    Montpellier, France, July 7-12, 2013.
  • Random Sampling, Offspring Distribution, and Genetic Drift. (With Alirio Rosales)
    Philosophy of Biology at Madison
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, June 1-3, 2012.