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Research Interests for Barbara H. Smith

Research Interests: critical theory; epistemology and philosophy of science; social studies of science; issues in science and religion; relations between sciences and humanities

Smith's research has been concerned with literary theory, poetry and poetics, ideas of value and judgment, and intellectual controversies over science and knowledge. Her current work focuses on developments in cognitive science and the philosophy of biology, intellectual issues involving science and religion, and the historical, intellectual and institutional relations between the sciences and the humanities.

epistemology , philosophy of science, science studies, science and religion, 20th-century intellectual history, humanities and sciences
Current projects:
Critical and historical study of efforts by humanities scholars to import ideas, models, methods and aims from the natural sciences into their own disciplines.
Areas of Interest:

philosophy of science
developments in cognitive science
developments in philosophy of biology
sociology and history of science
issues in science and religion
relations between sciences and humanities
20th-century intellectual history

Representative Publications
  1. Smith, BH, Natural reflections: Human cognition at the nexus of science and religion, The Terry Lectures Series (Winter, 2010), pp. 1-206, Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300140347 [book.asp[abs]
  2. Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth and the Human (2005/2006), Edinburgh UP/Duke UP [books.php3[abs]
  3. Smith, BH, Belief and Resistance: Dynamics of Contemporary Intellectual Controversy (1997), Harvard UP
  4. Smith, BH, Contingencies of Value: Alternative Perspectives for Critical Theory (1988), Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-16786-4 [abs]
  5. Smith, BH, Cutting-Edge Equivocation: Conceptual Moves and Rhetorical Strategies in Contemporary Anti-Epistemology, South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101 no. 1 (January, 2002), pp. 187-212, Duke University Press, ISSN 0038-2876 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  6. Smith, BH, THE CHIMERA OF RELATIVISM A Tragicomedy, Common Knowledge, vol. 17 no. 1 (Winter, 2011), pp. 13-26, Duke University Press, ISSN 0961-754X [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  7. Smith, BH, Science and religion, natural and unnatural, in Sacred Science?: On Science and Its Interrelations with Religious World Views, edited by S. A. Oyen, T. Lund-Olsen and N. S. Vaage (December, 2012), pp. 101-110, Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, ISBN 978-90-8686-196-5 [doi]
  8. Schneider, N; BHS,, “Religion, Science, and the Humanities: An Interview with Barbara Herrnstein Smith”, The Immanent Frame (June, 2010) [religion-science-and-]
  9. Smith, BH, On the Margins of Discourse: The Relation of Literature to Language (1978), U of Chicago P
  10. Smith, BH, “Science and Religion: Lives and Rocks”, New York Times (January, 2010) [science-and-[abs]
  11. Smith, BH, Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End (1968), U of Chicago P

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