Justin E. H. Smith

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Justin E. H. Smith
Justin Erik Halldór Smith

(1972-07-30) July 30, 1972 (age 50)
  • American
  • Canadian
Academic background
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Sub-disciplinePhilosophy of science
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Justin Erik Halldór Smith (aka Justin E. H. Smith) (born July 30, 1972, in Reno, Nevada) is an American-Canadian professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris 7 - Denis Diderot.[1] His primary research interests include Leibniz, Post-structuralism, early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of biology, classical Indian philosophy, the history and philosophy of anthropology.

Smith is the author of several books[2] and is also a sometime contributor to The New York Times,[3] Harper's Magazine,[4] n+1, Slate,[5] and Art in America.[6]

Smith is an editor-at-large of Cabinet Magazine.[7]

Since the fall of 2020, he has been publishing philosophical and critical essays on his Substack newsletter: Justin E.H. Smith's Hinternet.

The main-belt asteroid 13585 Justinsmith is named after Smith.[8]

Background and education[edit]


  • The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a Philosophy, a Warning, Princeton University Press (March 22, 2022) ISBN 9780691212326
  • Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason, Princeton University Press (April, 2019) ISBN 9780691189666
  • The Philosopher: A History in Six Types, Princeton University Press (May 7, 2016) ISBN 0691163278
  • Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy, Princeton University Press (June 30, 2015) ISBN 0691153647
  • Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life, Princeton University Press (May 1, 2011) ISBN 0691141789
  • The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy (ed., with Ohad Nachtomy), Oxford University Press (January 6, 2014) ISBN 0199987319
  • The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy (ed.), Cambridge University Press (May 22, 2006) ISBN 0521840775


  1. ^ "Sciences, Philosophie, Histoire – UMR 7219, laboratoire SPHERE - Organigramme du personnel de SPHERE". www.sphere.univ-paris-diderot.fr. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Justin E. H. Smith: Curriculum Vitæ". www.jehsmith.com. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ The New York Times: Opinionator: Posts published by Justin E. H. Smith
  4. ^ The Joke, By Justin Smith Harper's Magazine, April 2015
  5. ^ Smith, Justin E. H. (November 16, 2015). "Why Did the Killers Target the Eagles of Death Metal Concert?". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  6. ^ What Cave Art Means, by Justin E. H. Smith, Art in America, September 1, 2018
  7. ^ "CABINET // Justin E. H. Smith". cabinetmagazine.org.
  8. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". ssd.jpl.nasa.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Smith, Justin Erik Halldór". ias.edu.

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