Associate Professor Nick Smith

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I have been at Sydney since 2005. From 2001?2004 I was a Lecturer in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington. Before that I was a graduate student at Princeton University, where I was awarded an MA in 1998 and a PhD in 2001. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Sydney, where I was awarded a BA(Hons) in 1995.

Research interests

Logics, philosophy of language, probability and decision theory, metaphysics, epistemology, history of analytic philosophy.

Teaching and supervision

  • PHIL1012 Introductory Logic
  • PHIL2610 Exploring Nonclassical Logic
  • PHIL2615 Intermediate Logic
  • PHIL2650 Logic and Computation

Associations

  • President of the Australasian Association of Logic
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Associate Editor
  • Archives for the Philosophy and History of Soft Computing: Editorial Board and Advisory Board
  • Thought: Editorial Panel

Selected grants

2008

  • A Computational Solution to the Problem of Reference; Smith N; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • Vagueness in Language and Objects: A Logical Approach; Smith N; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Smith, N., Cusbert, J. (2012). Logic: The Drill. Sydney, Australia: Nicholas J. J. Smith and John Cusbert.
  • Smith, N. (2012). Logic: The Laws of Truth. Princeton, USA: Princeton University Press.
  • Smith, N. (2008). Vagueness and Degrees of Truth. New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Smith, N. (2015). Consonance and Dissonance in Solutions to the Sorites (forthcoming). In Otavio Bueno and Ali Abasnezhad (Eds.), (forthcoming)On the Sorites Paradox. Berlin: Springer.
  • Smith, N. (2015). Fuzzy Logics in Theories of Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller and Carles Noguera (Eds.), Handbook of Mathematical Fuzzy Logic (Volume 3), (pp. 1237-1281). London: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2014). One Bald Man..Two Bald Men..Three Bald Men—Aahh Aahh Aahh Aahh Aaaahhhh!. In Ken Akiba, Ali Abasnezhad (Eds.), Vague Objects and Vague Identity: New Essays on Ontic Vagueness, (pp. 197-216). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Smith, N. (2012). Many-Valued Logics. In G Russell and DG Fara (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language, (pp. 636-651). New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Comments on A Conversation About Fuzzy Logic and Vagueness by Christian G. Fermuller and Petr Hajek. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 417-421). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Comments on Inconstancy and Inconsistency by David Ripley. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 59-62). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 1-19). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Reply to Francesco Paoli's Comments on Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 37-40). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Reply to Libor Behounek's Comments on Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 29-32). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2010). Degree of Belief is Expected Truth Value. In Richard Dietz and Sebastoamo Moruzzi (Eds.), Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, Its Nature, and Its Logic, (pp. 491-506). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, N., Rosen, G. (2004). Worldly Indeterminacy: A Rough Guide. In Frank Jackson and Graham Priest (Eds.), Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis, (pp. 196-209). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Smith, N. (2016). A Theory of Propositions. Logic and Logical Philosophy, 25(1), 83-125. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2016). I'd Do Anything to Change the Past (But I Can't Do 'That') (forthcoming). American Philosophical Quarterly.
  • Smith, N. (2016). Infinite Decisions and Rationally Negligible Probabilities (forthcoming). Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy.
  • Smith, N. (2015). Truthier Than Thou: Truth, Supertruth and Probability of Truth. NOUS, , 1-19. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Undead argument: the truth-functionality objection to fuzzy theories of vagueness. Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science, , 1-27. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Why Time Travellers (Still) Cannot Change the Past. Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 71(4 (Special Issue on Metaphysics)), 677-694. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2014). Is evaluative compositionality a requirement of rationality? Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 123(490), 457-502. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2014). Vagueness, Uncertainty and Degrees of Belief: Two Kinds of Indeterminacy—One Kind of Credence. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 79(5), 1027-1044. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2013). Fuzzy logic, probability and degree of belief. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 19(2), 280.
  • Smith, N. (2013). Time Travel. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Winter 2013, 1-22.
  • Smith, N. (2012). Measuring and Modeling Truth. American Philosophical Quarterly, 49(4), 345-356.
  • Smith, N. (2010). Inconsistency in the A-Theory. Philosophical Studies, 156(2), 231-247. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2009). Frege's Judgement Stroke and the Conception of Logic as the Study of Inference not Consequence. Philosophy Compass, 4(4), 639-665. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2008). Why Sense Cannot Be Made of Vague Identity. NOUS, 42(1), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2006). Semantic Regularity and the Liar Paradox. Monist, 89(1), 178-202.
  • Smith, N. (2005). A Plea For Things That Are Not Quite All There: Or, Is There a Problem about Vague Composition and Vague Existence. Journal of Philosophy, 102(8), 381-421.
  • Smith, N. (2005). Vagueness as Closeness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 83(2), 157-183.
  • Smith, N. (2005). Why Would Time Travellers Try to Kill their Younger Selves? Monist, 88(3), 1-8.
  • Smith, N. (2004). Le Poidevin, Robin, Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 82, 527-530.
  • Smith, N. (2004). Vagueness and Blurry Sets. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 33(2), 165-235.
  • Rosen, G., Smith, N. (2004). Worldly Indeterminacy: A Rough Guide. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 82(1), 185-198.
  • Smith, N. (2003). Not Quite All There: Fuzzy Mereology and Fuzzy Existence. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 9, 264.
  • Smith, N. (2003). Vagueness by Numbers? No Worries. Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 112(446), 283-290.
  • Smith, N. (2000). c^c-Valued Logic and Semantic Closure. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 6(2), 254-255.
  • Smith, N. (2000). Frege's Judgement Stroke. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 78(2), 153-175. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2000). The Principle of Uniform Solution (of the Paradoxes of Self-Reference). Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 109(433), 117-122. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (1998). The Problems of Backward Time Travel. Endeavour, 22(4), 156-158.
  • Smith, N. (1997). Bananas Enough for Time Travel? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 48(3), 363-389. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Campbell, K., Smith, N. (1998). Epiphenomenalism. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge.

Other

  • Smith, N. (2015), Doubts about ‘Uncertainty without all the doubt’, Mind & Language Symposium, February 2015, 1–7.
  • Smith, N. (2010), Review of "Truth as One and Many", Michael Lynch, Oxford University Press, 2009, X + 206 pp, in "Analysis Reviews", OUP, Vol 70, Number 1, January 2010, 191-193.
  • Smith, N. (2010), Review of "Vagueness, logic and ontology", Dominic Hyde, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2008, xii + 226 pp. in The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, Vol. 16, No. 4, Dec. 2010, 531-533.
  • Smith, N. (2007), Review of "Frege Explained: From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy", Joan Weiner, Open Court, 2004. xvi + 180 pp. in Philosophical Books Vol. 48, No. 1, 2007, Blackwell Publishing.

2016

  • Smith, N. (2016). A Theory of Propositions. Logic and Logical Philosophy, 25(1), 83-125. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2016). I'd Do Anything to Change the Past (But I Can't Do 'That') (forthcoming). American Philosophical Quarterly.
  • Smith, N. (2016). Infinite Decisions and Rationally Negligible Probabilities (forthcoming). Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy.

2015

  • Smith, N. (2015). Consonance and Dissonance in Solutions to the Sorites (forthcoming). In Otavio Bueno and Ali Abasnezhad (Eds.), (forthcoming)On the Sorites Paradox. Berlin: Springer.
  • Smith, N. (2015), Doubts about ‘Uncertainty without all the doubt’, Mind & Language Symposium, February 2015, 1–7.
  • Smith, N. (2015). Fuzzy Logics in Theories of Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller and Carles Noguera (Eds.), Handbook of Mathematical Fuzzy Logic (Volume 3), (pp. 1237-1281). London: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2015). Truthier Than Thou: Truth, Supertruth and Probability of Truth. NOUS, , 1-19. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Undead argument: the truth-functionality objection to fuzzy theories of vagueness. Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science, , 1-27. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2015). Why Time Travellers (Still) Cannot Change the Past. Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 71(4 (Special Issue on Metaphysics)), 677-694. [More Information]

2014

  • Smith, N. (2014). Is evaluative compositionality a requirement of rationality? Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 123(490), 457-502. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2014). One Bald Man..Two Bald Men..Three Bald Men—Aahh Aahh Aahh Aahh Aaaahhhh!. In Ken Akiba, Ali Abasnezhad (Eds.), Vague Objects and Vague Identity: New Essays on Ontic Vagueness, (pp. 197-216). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Smith, N. (2014). Vagueness, Uncertainty and Degrees of Belief: Two Kinds of Indeterminacy—One Kind of Credence. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 79(5), 1027-1044. [More Information]

2013

  • Smith, N. (2013). Fuzzy logic, probability and degree of belief. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 19(2), 280.
  • Smith, N. (2013). Time Travel. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Winter 2013, 1-22.

2012

  • Smith, N., Cusbert, J. (2012). Logic: The Drill. Sydney, Australia: Nicholas J. J. Smith and John Cusbert.
  • Smith, N. (2012). Logic: The Laws of Truth. Princeton, USA: Princeton University Press.
  • Smith, N. (2012). Many-Valued Logics. In G Russell and DG Fara (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language, (pp. 636-651). New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
  • Smith, N. (2012). Measuring and Modeling Truth. American Philosophical Quarterly, 49(4), 345-356.

2011

  • Smith, N. (2011). Comments on A Conversation About Fuzzy Logic and Vagueness by Christian G. Fermuller and Petr Hajek. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 417-421). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Comments on Inconstancy and Inconsistency by David Ripley. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 59-62). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 1-19). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Reply to Francesco Paoli's Comments on Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 37-40). London, UK: College Publications.
  • Smith, N. (2011). Reply to Libor Behounek's Comments on Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermuller, Lluis Godo and Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives, (pp. 29-32). London, UK: College Publications.

2010

  • Smith, N. (2010). Degree of Belief is Expected Truth Value. In Richard Dietz and Sebastoamo Moruzzi (Eds.), Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, Its Nature, and Its Logic, (pp. 491-506). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, N. (2010). Inconsistency in the A-Theory. Philosophical Studies, 156(2), 231-247. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2010), Review of "Truth as One and Many", Michael Lynch, Oxford University Press, 2009, X + 206 pp, in "Analysis Reviews", OUP, Vol 70, Number 1, January 2010, 191-193.
  • Smith, N. (2010), Review of "Vagueness, logic and ontology", Dominic Hyde, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2008, xii + 226 pp. in The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, Vol. 16, No. 4, Dec. 2010, 531-533.

2009

  • Smith, N. (2009). Frege's Judgement Stroke and the Conception of Logic as the Study of Inference not Consequence. Philosophy Compass, 4(4), 639-665. [More Information]

2008

  • Smith, N. (2008). Vagueness and Degrees of Truth. New York, United States: Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, N. (2008). Why Sense Cannot Be Made of Vague Identity. NOUS, 42(1), 1-16. [More Information]

2007

  • Smith, N. (2007), Review of "Frege Explained: From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy", Joan Weiner, Open Court, 2004. xvi + 180 pp. in Philosophical Books Vol. 48, No. 1, 2007, Blackwell Publishing.

2006

  • Smith, N. (2006). Semantic Regularity and the Liar Paradox. Monist, 89(1), 178-202.

2005

  • Smith, N. (2005). A Plea For Things That Are Not Quite All There: Or, Is There a Problem about Vague Composition and Vague Existence. Journal of Philosophy, 102(8), 381-421.
  • Smith, N. (2005). Vagueness as Closeness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 83(2), 157-183.
  • Smith, N. (2005). Why Would Time Travellers Try to Kill their Younger Selves? Monist, 88(3), 1-8.

2004

  • Smith, N. (2004). Le Poidevin, Robin, Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 82, 527-530.
  • Smith, N. (2004). Vagueness and Blurry Sets. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 33(2), 165-235.
  • Smith, N., Rosen, G. (2004). Worldly Indeterminacy: A Rough Guide. In Frank Jackson and Graham Priest (Eds.), Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis, (pp. 196-209). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Rosen, G., Smith, N. (2004). Worldly Indeterminacy: A Rough Guide. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 82(1), 185-198.

2003

  • Smith, N. (2003). Not Quite All There: Fuzzy Mereology and Fuzzy Existence. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 9, 264.
  • Smith, N. (2003). Vagueness by Numbers? No Worries. Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 112(446), 283-290.

2000

  • Smith, N. (2000). c^c-Valued Logic and Semantic Closure. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 6(2), 254-255.
  • Smith, N. (2000). Frege's Judgement Stroke. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 78(2), 153-175. [More Information]
  • Smith, N. (2000). The Principle of Uniform Solution (of the Paradoxes of Self-Reference). Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 109(433), 117-122. [More Information]

1998

  • Campbell, K., Smith, N. (1998). Epiphenomenalism. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge.
  • Smith, N. (1998). The Problems of Backward Time Travel. Endeavour, 22(4), 156-158.

1997

  • Smith, N. (1997). Bananas Enough for Time Travel? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 48(3), 363-389. [More Information]

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