Joshua Smart University of Missouri, Columbia
I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri, working primarily in epistemology and the philosophy of science (with a special interest in biology). I will defend in the Spring of 2016. My dissertation develops an account of epistemic rationality in the sense of meeting one's own standards--what has often been called "subjective rationality." I also explore external world skepticism, philosophical methodology, and disagreement as topics for which this sort of rationality is particularly important. Matt McGrath is my advisor. In the philosophy of science I am interested in universal Darwinism (and have done some work on its application in economics), the epistemic status of historical theories (esp. in biology), and the relationship between scientific and philosophical methodology.