About Me

Professional Stuff

I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of Missouri in 2017, and am now a Senior Lecturer at Ohio State.  My current research focuses on the nature and value of structural epistemic rationality. In particular, I am interested in how there could be a fully agent-relative evaluation that does not devolve into radical subjectivism about rationality. More about that and further projects on the research page, and at Academia.edu 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

3 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Hello,

      I am a PhD student in conflict resolution and analysis. Do you think that it is a problem to be part of this group?


      1. Dear Roland–Thanks for asking! It’s case by case for dissertations that aren’t “straight philosophy.” Shoot me an email (joshuasmart-at-gmail) with some details about the project/sort of thing you’d submit to the group, and we can chat about whether it would be a good fit. Cheers-JS


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