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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Assistant Teaching Professor in Philosophy


Education:

  1. Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 2019
  2. M.A. Philosophy, Boston College, 2013
  3. B.A. summa cum laude (Philosophy and Classical Civilizations), Temple University, 2011

Biography:

My research is in ancient philosophy, and especially metaphysical and epistemological issues in Plato, the Presocratics, and Aristotle.  I defended a dissertation on Plato's Sophist at the University of Kentucky in 2019.  I am additionally interested in numerous subjects in philosophy, including medieval philosophy, German idealism, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, and logic.  I originally come from the Wawa region of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Metaphysics 

Recent Publications

  • “Against the Existential Reading of Euthydemus 283e-284c, with Help from the Sophist,” Ancient Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • “The Case for the 399 BCE Dramatic Date of Plato’s Cratylus,” Classical Philology (forthcoming).
  • “The Method of Bifurcatory Division in Plato’s Sophist,” Elenchos (2021).
  • Diairesis and Koinōnia in Sophist 253d1-e3,” History of Philosophy Quarterly (2020).
  • “Toward a Two-Route Interpretation of Parmenidean Inquiry,” Epoché (2020).

Current Projects

  • Inquiring into Being: Essays on Parmenides (edited book volume)
  • Essays on Plato's SophistPhilebus, and Cratylus, and Aristotle's De memoria et reminiscentia