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  1. Kelly C. Smith & Hardin Hall, Scientific Contribution.
      What exactly is a genetic disease? For a phrase one hears on a daily basis, there has been surprisingly little analysis of the underlying concept. Medical doctors seem perfectly willing to admit that the etiology of disease is typically complex, with a great many factors interacting to bring about a given condition. On such a view, descriptions of diseases like cancer as genetic seem at best highly simplistic, and at worst philosophically indefensible. On the other hand, there is (...)
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  2. Kelly C. Smith, Lightsey Fellowship Proposal for Summer 2000.
    Proposal in Brief : I have been invited by Michael Ruse, editor of the Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology series for Cambridge University Press, to submit a book proposal on the Philosophy of Developmental Biology. This is both a great honor and a magnificent opportunity for a relatively junior professor, especially since the field is new - done well, this book could help set the basic parameters of an emerging discipline.
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  3. Kelly C. Smith (2015). Ethics is Not Rocket Science: How to Have Ethical Discussions in Your Science Class. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 15 (12):201-07.
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  4. Kelly C. Smith (2014). Manifest Complexity: A Foundational Ethics for Astrobiology? Space Policy 30 (4):209-14.
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  5. Kelly C. Smith (2012). I Also Survived a Debate with a Creationist (with Reflections on the Perils of Democratic Information). Reports of the National Center for Science Education 32 (2).
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  6. Kelly C. Smith (2011). Foiling the Black Knight. Synthese 178 (2):219 - 235.
    Why is the academy in general, and philosophy in particular, not more involved in the fight against the creationist threat? And why, when a response is offered, is it so curiously ineffective? I argue, by using an analogy with the battle against the Black Knight from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, that the difficulty lies largely in a failure to see the nature of the problem clearly. By modifying the analogy, it is possible to see both why (...)
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  7. Kelly C. Smith (2009). The Trouble with Intrinsic Value : An Ethical Primer for Astrobiology. In Constance M. Bertka (ed.), Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life: Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press
     
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  8. Kelly C. Smith (2008). The Terrestrial Lifeboat Project: An International Undertaking to Save Humanity. In Yangming An (ed.), A New Perspective on Applied Ethics. Renmin Press 224-38.
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  9. Kelly C. Smith (2007). Cosmic Ethics. In C. Bertka N. Roth & M. Shindell (eds.), Workshop Report: Philosophical, Ethical and Theological Implications of Astrobiology. AAAS
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  10. Kelly C. Smith (2007). Towards an Adequate Account of Genetic Disease. In Kincaid McKitrick (ed.), Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in Metaphysics and Epistemology of Medicine. Springer 83-110.
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  11. Kelly C. Smith (2007). Using Ethics Labs to Set a Framework for Ethical Discussion in an Undergraduate Course. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 35 (5):332-36.
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  12. Kelly C. Smith (2004). The Virtues of Ethical Discussion in the Classroom. In Eleanor Siebert (ed.), Environmental Literacy and Decision Making: An Interdisciplinary Goal of the 21st Century. Society for College Science Teachers 26-31.
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  13. Kelly C. Smith (2001). A Disease by Any Other Name: Musings on the Concept of a Genetic Disease. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 4 (1):19-30.
    What exactly is a genetic disease? For a phrase one hears on a daily basis, there has been surprisingly little analysis of the underlying concept. Medical doctors seem perfectly willing to admit that the etiology of disease is typically complex, with a great many factors interacting to bring about a given condition. On such a view, descriptions of diseases like cancer as geneticseem at best highly simplistic, and at worst philosophically indefensible. On the other hand, there is clearly some practical (...)
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  14. Kelly C. Smith (2001). Appealing to Ignorance Behind the Cloak of Ambiguity. In Robert Pennock (ed.), Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics: Philosophical, Theological and Scientific Perspectives. MIT Press 705-35.
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  15. Kelly C. Smith (2001). Can Intelligent Design Become Respectable? Reports of the National Center for Science Education 20 (4):40-43.
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  16. Kelly C. Smith (2001). Genetic Disease, Genetic Testing and the Clinician. Journal of the American Medical Association 285 (1):91.
    Modern medicine emphasizes treatment of the sick. It is often said that the widespread genetic testing soon to follow the completion of the Human Genome Project will usher in a new era of preventive medicine. Such changes require new ways of thinking, however. For example, there may be nothing clinically wrong with a healthy patient who requests genetic testing, even if the tests reveal disease genes. Since all individuals have genetic skeletons in their closets, it is important to be careful (...)
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  17. Kelly C. Smith (1998). Equivocal Notions of Accuracy and Genetic Screening of the General Population. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 65 (3):178-83.
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  18. Kim Sterelny, Kelly C. Smith & Michael Dickison (1996). The Extended Replicator. Biology and Philosophy 11 (3):377-403.
    This paper evaluates and criticises the developmental systems conception of evolution and develops instead an extension of the gene's eye conception of evolution. We argue (i) Dawkin's attempt to segregate developmental and evolutionary issues about genes is unsatisfactory. On plausible views of development it is arbitrary to single out genes as the units of selection. (ii) The genotype does not carry information about the phenotype in any way that distinguishes the role of the genes in development from that other factors. (...)
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  19. Kelly C. Smith (1993). Marketing Structuralism: Reflections on the Process Structuralist Critique of Neo-Darwinism. Biology Forum/Revista di Biologica 86 (3-4):578-79.
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  20. Kelly C. Smith (1992). Neo-Rationalism Versus Neo-Darwinism: Integrating Development and Evolution. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 7 (4):431-451.
    An increasing number of biologists are expressing discontent with the prevailing theory of neo-Darwinism. In particular, the tendency of neo-Darwinians to adopt genetic determinism and atomistic notions of both genes and organisms is seen as grossly unfair to the body of developmental theory. One faction of dissenteers, the Process Structuralists, take their inspiration from the rational morphologists who preceded Darwin. These neo-rationalists argue that a mature biology must possess universal laws and that these generative laws should be sought within organismal (...)
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  21. Kelly C. Smith (1992). The New Problem of Genetics: A Response to Gifford. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 7 (3):331-348.
    Recently, Fred Gifford attempted to explicate the meaning of the term genetic as applied to phenotypic traits. He takes as his primary goal the explication of how the term is used and tries to avoid conclusions about how it should be used. He proposes two independent criteria (DF and PI) which together capture much of what biologists mean when they describe traits as genetic. Although Gifford's approach is extremely insightful in many ways, I argue that his analysis is not sufficiently (...)
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