Justin E. H. Smith

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Justin E. H. Smith
Justin Erik Halldór Smith

(1972-07-30) July 30, 1972 (age 48)
  • American
  • Canadian
Academic background
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Sub-disciplinePhilosophy of science
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Justin Erik Halldór 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] He has authored several books[2] and is also a regular 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, Smith has been publishing philosophical and critical essays on his Substack newsletter, Justin E.H. Smith's Hinternet.[8]

Smith's primary research interests include Leibniz, early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of biology, classical Indian philosophy, and the history and philosophy of anthropology.

On November 27, 2015, he delivered the annual Pierre Bayle Lecture to the Pierre Bayle Foundation in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on "The Gravity of Satire".[9]

The main-belt asteroid 13585 Justinsmith is named after Smith.[10]

Background and education[edit]


  • 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. ^ {{cite web|url=https://justinehsmith.substack.com
  9. ^ "Pierre Bayle Stichting — Justin E.H. Smith op 27 november 2015". www.pierrebayle.nl. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". ssd.jpl.nasa.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  11. ^ "Smith, Justin Erik Halldór". ias.edu.

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