I am an Instructor in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University, and a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Missouri. I primarily work in epistemology and the philosophy of science. My dissertation develops and defends a novel account of rational belief which captures the idea of meeting one’s own standards while avoiding radical subjectivism.
Other projects that I’m working on concern understanding the epistemic role of appeals to intuition in philosophical investigations, various approaches to skepticism, the nature of natural selection, inference in historical science, and philosophy of religion. You can follow me on Academia.edu and ResearchGate, and can email me at joshuasmart AT gmail DOT com.
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.
Apart from philosophy (and sometimes not so apart) I’m interested in etiquette (especially Miss Manners), film (especially Stanley Kubrick), 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 routinely use this transaction to illustrate the distinction between good/bad and praiseworthy/blameworthy.
I am also an avid lifter. I particularly love Olympic Weightlifting, but bum shoulders relegate me to powerlifting. Currently, my (PR) total is 1,025 in the 183 class.