Joshua (J. A.) Smart

CV

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Academic Appointments

  • University of Oklahoma (08/2017 to Present)
    • Visiting Instructor (Visiting Assistant Professor Equivalent) in Philosophy
  • Christopher Newport University (08/2016 to 07/2017)
    • Instructor in Philosophy
  • Moberly Area Community College (08/2012 to 05/2013)
    • Philosophy Instructor
  • Harrison College (06/2012 to 12/2012)
    • Online Instructor

Education

  • PhD, University of Missouri (Defended 08/2017; To Be Awarded 12/2017)
    • Dissertation: Meeting One’s Own Standards: Features and Value of Perspectival Rationality
    • Advisor: Matthew McGrath
  • MA Philosophy, University of Missouri (2011)
  • BS Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Philosophy, Vanderbilt University (2005)

Areas of Specialization

  • Epistemology

Areas of Competence

  • Ethics (Applied and Normative)
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science (esp. of Biology)

Letters of Recommendation

  • Matthew McGrath (Research and Teaching)
  • Peter Markie (Research and Teaching)
  • Declan Smithies (Research)
  • Kenneth A. Boyce (Research)
  • Eric Silverman (Teaching)

Grants & Fellowships

  • Kline Fellowship in Epistemology (8/2012)
    • Florence G. Kline Endowment Fund
  • Kline Fellowship in Philosophy of Science (8/2011)
    • Florence G. Kline Endowment Fund

Awards & Honors

  • Teaching Assistant Choice Award, Missouri Student Association (12/2015)
    • Instructor of Record
  • Teaching Assistant Choice Award, Missouri Student Association (12/2012)
    • Instructor of Record
  • Teaching Assistant Choice Award, Missouri Student Association (04/2012)
  • Teaching Assistant Choice Award, Missouri Students Association (12/2011)

Professional/Service Activities

  • Presentation: “No ‘Little-t Truths’: Socrates Against Relativism.” (2016)
    • Presentation for Philosophy Café (general student audience) at Christopher Newport University.
  • Virtual Dissertation Groups (Fall 2014 to Present)
    • Created and run group connecting graduate students from around the world to exchange comments and feedback on writing from their dissertations.
  • Missouri Scholars Academy (Summer 2015, 2016)
    • Taught “Philosophical Investigations” and “Philosophy of Religion,” and participated in and led a variety of activities at this three week program for gifted high school students.
  • Presentation: “Only You Can Prevent Robot Uprisings.” (2012)
    • Presented to ΑΩΕ, the University of Missouri engineering and technical sciences sorority.

 

 

Fellowships

  • Kline Fellowship in Epistemology (08/2012)
    • Florence G. Kline Endowment Fund
  • Kline Fellowship in Philosophy of Science (08/2011)
    • Florence Kline Endowment Fund

Certificates

  • Preparing Future Faculty (05/2015)
    • University of Missouri
  • Writing Intensive Workshop
    • University of Missouri Writing Program

Publications

Work in Progress

  • (Under Revision) Dialecticism about Philosophical Appeals to Intuition
  • (Under Revision) Disbelief is a Distinct Doxastic Attitude
  • (Final Preparation) Objective Perspectival Rationality: A Best Systems Approach
  • (Final Preparation) Universal Darwinism and Economics: Some Clarifications
  • (Final Preparation) Might Moses and Mackie Both Be Right? The Very Idea of Theistic Moral Nihilism

Presentations

National/International

  • (2016). Dialecticism About Philosophical Appeals to Intuition. Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association.
  • (2016). Objective Own-Standards Rational Belief. Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association.
  • (2013). “Theistic Moral Nihilism, the Very Idea, or, Might Mackie and Moses Both Be Right?” Analytic Theology Project Summer Workshop
  • (2011). “Beg, Borrow, Steal: Evolutionary Economics as Model Borrowing.” Conference for the International Society of the History and Philosophy of Social Sciences and Biology

Regional

  • (2016). “Might Moses and Mackie Both Be Right? Developing Theistic Moral Nihilism.” Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers.
  • (2016). “Might Moses and Mackie Both Be Right? Developing Theistic Moral Nihilism.” Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers.
  • (2015). “Dialecticism about Philosophical Appeals to Intuition.“ Central States Philosophical Association Meeting.
  • (2015). “Serious Problems and Radical Solutions for Own-Standards Epistemic Rationality.“ Midsouth Philosophy Conference
  • (2014). “Might Mackie and Moses Both Be Right: The Very Idea of Theistic Moral Nihilism.” Midsouth Philosophy Conference
  • (2012). “Dialecticism, or how to do philosophy with personal intuitions.” Midsouth Philosophy Conference

Local/Graduate/Comments

  • (2015). “Towards an Own-Standards Conception of Epistemic Rationality.“ Notre Dame/Northwestern University Graduate Student Epistemology Conference
  • (2015). Comments on Andrew Moon’s “A Dilemma for Credal Expressivism.” Central States Philosophical Association Meeting
  • (2013). “A Dialectical Conception of Philosophy”. Mark L. Shapiro Graduate Philosophy Conference at Brown
  • (2013). “A Dialectical Conception of Philosophy.” Graduate Student Conference at St. Louis University
  • (2012). Comments on Bekka Williams’ “What Does Subjective Ought Imply?” Central States Philosophical Association Conference
  • (2012). “Only You Can Prevent Robot Uprisings.” Presentation to ΑΩΕ (University of Missouri engineering and technical sciences sorority)

Teaching Experience

University of Oklahoma

  • Introduction to Business Ethics (F17, Sp18)
  • Graduate Seminar in Epistemology (Sp18)

Christopher Newport University

  • Ethical Issues in Business (F16, Sp17)
  • Modern Philosophy (F16)
  • Philosophy of Language (Sp17)

Instructor University of Missouri

  • Business Ethics (Su11, Sp13)
  • General Introduction to Philosophy (Su12, F12, F14, F15)
  • Logic and Reasoning (Sp13, F14)
  • Medical Ethics (Sp14)

Assistant – University of Missouri

  • Ancient Philosophy (Sp11, F13)
  • General Introduction to Philosophy (F10, Sp10)
  • Introduction to Ethics (F09)
  • Medical Ethics (F11)

Instructor – Harrison College

  • Critical Thinking (online, Su12 – Sp13)

Instructor – Moberly Area Community College

Bioethics (Online, Sp13)

  • Introduction to Ethics (Online, F12 – Sp13)

Instructor – Moberly Area Community College

  • Bioethics (Online, Sp13)
  • Introduction to Ethics (Online, F12 – Sp13)
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