Department of Philosophy / Department of Religious Studies

Steven G Smith wider plus

Jennie Carlisle Golding Professor of Philosophy
Millsaps College

smithsg@millsaps.edu | 601-974-1334 | Box 150390, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS 39210 | Fax 601-974-1324

On leave in 2016-2017


Featured Links

HOOKS: a site for closer looks at great components of popular music. See also AD HOOKS on ads in mass media and The Millsaps Hooks Project


Academic Background

Florida State University, B.A. (Religion) 1972

Vanderbilt University, M.A. (Religion: Religious & philosophical ethics) 1978

Duke University, Ph.D. (Religion: Systematic & contemporary studies) 1980


Research Interests

Philosophy of religion, history of religious thought, philosophical anthropology, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of history, metaphysics


Selected Publications

BOOKS

Centering and Extending. An Essay on Metaphysical Sense (State University of New York Press, 2017)

Full History. On the Meaningfulness of Shared Action (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Appeal and Attitude. Prospects for Ultimate Meaning (Indiana University Press, 2005)

Worth Doing (State University of New York Press, 2004)

Gender Thinking (Temple University Press, 1992)

The Concept of the Spiritual. An Essay in First Philosophy (Temple University Press, 1988)

The Argument to the Other. Reason Beyond Reason in the Thought of Karl Barth and Emmanuel Levinas (Scholars Press, 1983)

SOME RECENT ARTICLES

“Meaningful Moral Freedom: An Improved Kantian View.” International Philosophical Quarterly, 57 (June 2017), 155-172.

“How to Expand Musical Formalism.” Journal of Aesthetic Education, 49 (Summer 2015), 20-38.

“The Watcher and the Lens.” British Journal of Aesthetics, 55 (April 2015), 99-108.

“Historical Rightness.” Soundings, 98 (Spring 2015), 127-145.

“Testing the Spirits: Cognitive Science of Religion in Partnership with the Study of Religious Appeals.” Journal of Religion, 94 (July 2014), 354-369.

Daimon Thinking and the Question of Spiritual Power.” Heythrop Journal, 55 (March 2014), 173-187.

“The Roar of the Lion, the Taste of the Salt: On Really Religious Reasons.” Religious Studies, 48 (December 2012), 479-496.


Personal Interests

Music, literature, movies

Softball, basketball, kayaking