Joshua (J. A.) Smart

About Me

Professional Stuff

I am an Instructor in the department of Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University, and doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Missouri, where I will defend my dissertation on the nature and value of (egocentric/structural/) perspectival epistemic rationality later this summer. More about that and further projects on the research page, and at and ResearchGate.

In the fall of 2014 I started Virtual Dissertation Groups as a way for philosophy students working on their dissertations to get helpful feedback and discussion on their work from peers in other departments.

Unprofessional Stuff

Apart from philosophy (and sometimes not so apart) I’m interested in etiquette (especially Miss Manners), film (especially Stanley Kubrick), power/weightlifting, and baseball. No matter what happens in life I can be happy, having witnessed my beloved St. Louis Cardinals win Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. No matter what happens in life I cannot be fully happy, having sold my Game 6 tickets to help pay for the Game 7 tickets. When teaching, I use this decision to illustrate the distinction between an act being good/bad and praiseworthy/blameworthy.


joshuasmart AT gmail DOT com

One comment on “About Me

  1. Sreejith
    August 21, 2014

    Great to see you Joshua


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