Joshua Smart University of Missouri, Columbia

  • Graduate student, University of Missouri, Columbia

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About me
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.
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    Interdisciplinary Modeling: A Case Study of Evolutionary Economics.Collin Rice & Joshua Smart - 2011 - Biology and Philosophy 26 (5):655-675.
    Biologists and economists use models to study complex systems. This similarity between these disciplines has led to an interesting development: the borrowing of various components of model-based theorizing between the two domains. A major recent example of this strategy is economists’ utilization of the resources of evolutionary biology in order to construct models of economic systems. This general strategy has come to be called evolutionary economics and has been a source of much debate among economists. Although philosophers have developed literatures (...)
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  2. The Brain in the Vat and the Question of Metaphysical Realism.J. Smart - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 35 (2):237-247.
    This article indicates some ways in which the fantasy of the brain in the vat has been used in thought experiments to discuss important philosophical problems. The first has to do with scepticism about the external world. The second has to do with Hilary Putnam’s arguments for the indeterminacy of reference and his rejection of metaphysical realism. The third issue to which the brain in the vat is relevant has to do with the difference between broad and narrow content of (...)
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