Michael Smith Appointed Film Studies Chair

October 3, 2019

The Humanities Council is delighted to announce Michael Smith as the new Chair of the Committee for Film Studies.

Smith is the McCosh Professor of Philosophy and served as Chair of the Department in from 2012 to 2018. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

Smith’s current research focuses on topics in ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of action, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. His John Locke Lectures, given at Oxford University in 2017, span all these topics, and those lectures will appear in due course under the title A Standard of Judgement. Smith is also the author of The Moral Problem (1994) (which won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize), and Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics (2004) (which was the subject of an off-beat review by Constantine Sandis). He is also the co-author of Mind, Morality and Explanation: Selected Collaborations (2004), a collection of papers written in various combinations by Smith and his two long-time colleagues, Frank Jackson and Philip Pettit (whose collaborative work inspired David Estlund to make a morphing gif of the three of them).

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