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Dr Barry C Smith

Barry is seconded to be Director of the Institute of Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study of the University of London until September 2014. Prof. Smith can be contacted by

Barry C Smith is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute of Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where he co-directs the Centre for the Study of the Senses. He has written mostly on the philosophy of mind and language, on the topics of self-knowledge and our knowledge of language. He co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language (2006) with Ernest Lepore. Following his 2007 collection, Questions of Taste - the philosophy of wine (Oxford University Press), he began working with psychologists, neurologists and neuroscientists on flavour perception and is now the co-organiser of an international research project on the Nature of Taste, jointly run by the University of London and NYU. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Ecole Normale Supèriere, and was the writer and presenter of the BBC World Service radio series, The Mysteries of the Brain.

Selected bibliography

  • ‘Understanding language’, Proc. Aristotelian Society, 1992.
  • Knowing Our Own Minds, edited with Crispin Wright and Cynthia Macdonald, (Oxford) 1998.
  • Realism and Anti-Realism: An Enquiry into meaning, truth and objectivity, (Polity) forthcoming, 2006.


Dr Barry C Smith

Dr Barry C Smith

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