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Andrew Smith

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Contact Information

400E Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Spring 2024: By appointment
Graduate Student

Research Description

I'm interested in a variety of topics in ethics, broadly construed, and in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. My current main research focus is on contemporary Kantian ethical philosophy. On the side, I'm also working on some issues in the nature of the human relationship to (the other?) animals, genealogical arguments, Kant's aesthetics, and bits and pieces of Nietzsche. Finally, I'm also starting to develop an interest in some political philosophy, and in particular, political realism.


  • BA, Philosophy, State University of New York College at Geneseo
  • MA, Philosophy, Texas Tech University

Courses Taught

In Fall 2023 and Spring 2024, my teaching assignment involves working as the Department of Philosophy's TA Peer Mentor, and as part of that assignment I will run various workshops, conduct discussion section observations, and do one-on-one and small group peer mentoring with Philosophy PhD students in the first two years of the program.

In the past, I've taught PHIL 105 (Introduction to Ethics) four times here at the U of I, most recently in Fall 2022. I've also worked as a teaching assistant for PHIL 100 (Introduction to Philosophy ACP), PHIL 102 (Logic and Reasoning), both in-person and online, PHIL 103 (Logic and Reasoning QR II), PHIL 104 (Introduction to Ethics ACP), and PHIL 214 (Biomedical Ethics).