MALCOLM B.E. SMITH
Professor of Philosophy
Professor Smith retired from teaching in 2002.
Syllabus for Philosophy of Law: Property
Syllabus for Colloquium in Applied Ethics
Can a Lawyer Be Happy?
May Judges Ever Nullify the Law?
The Duty to Obey the Law
What is Probative About our Moral Institutions?
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
My research interests fall almost entirely in moral philosophy (both metaethics and normative ethics) and in philosophy of law. My present long-term project is to refurbish common moral faculty theory, which is the view that all humanity shares an ability (be it Reason or Sentiment or something else again) of discovering moral truth. Commonalism once dominated secular and theological metaethics but has largely been neglected in this century. I think this attitude badly mistaken.