Benjamin Smart



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Research Centre/Unit: Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences.

AOS: Theoretical Biology; Living Systems Theory; Epistemology of Science.

AOC: Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Biological Metaphysics; Logic; German Philosophy (Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche).

I am currently revising my PhD manuscript for submission. Under the supervision of Professor John Dupré and Dr. Adrian Currie, I am working on theories of living systems: their organisation, individuality and subjectivity (see § 'Research'). I am also in the process of preparing two papers on the topics of: (i) biological subjectivity; and (ii) sensory ecology and animal individuation.

Before joining Egenis and the University of Exeter, I received my BA in Philosophy at Cardiff University, specialising in 19th century German philosophy as well as hard and soft theories of mind. I recieved my MA in Philosophy of Biology and Cogntiive Science at the University of Bristol, where I submitted a dissertation on the topics of the evolutionary epistemology of reasoning and dominance hierarchies in animal societies.

Initially I started my doctoral research on a slightly different project at Cardiff University, one that looked at the history of organisms and biological individuals in the context of 19th Century neo-Kantian philosophy. I moved to the University of Exeter and Egenis in 2017, revising the project to focus on living systems in the context of more contemporary questions about theoretical biology and scientific epistemology.