Dominic Smith

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Lecturer in Philosophy, Learning & Teaching

Bio

Biography

Dominic has taught philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. He wrote his PhD on tensions between the approaches of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou, and his current research focuses on philosophy of technology and media. Specifically, Dominic is interested in bringing the continental tradition in philosophy (e.g. phenomenology, critical theory, poststructuralism, new forms of realism and materialism) to bear on philosophy of technology and media.

Dominic’s latest book is Exceptional Technologies: A Continental Philosophy of Technology (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/exceptional-technologies-9781350015616/) His next project involves thinking about how the scope of philosophy of technology can be broadened to speak to issues in philosophy of education, design, and creativity (from philosophy of technology to philosophy through technology).

Dominic would welcome PhD proposals in three areas in particular: 1.) philosophy of technology and media, 2.) the work and legacy of Gilles Deleuze, 3.) the work and legacy of Walter Benjamin.

Dominic currently teaches on modules dedicated to history of philosophy, philosophy of mind, existentialism, aesthetics, philosophy of technology, Wittgenstein, and phenomenology. He teaches on both the Art and Philosophy (AP) BA and the Master of Fine Arts with Arts and Humanities (MFA-AH) run between Humanities and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy: http://scot-cont-phil.org/, and plays in a band called Kaddish.

Top tip for students: 

Before studying Philosophy, Dominic recommends that you read as many of the classics of Philosophy as possible, for example, Plato's Republic, and that you think about how philosophy can be found in even the most minor everyday experiences. Think big and small at once, and allow your imaginations to be set ablaze!

Research

Dominic’s current major research interests are:
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • The work and legacy of Gilles Deleuze
  • The work and legacy of Walter Benjamin

He would welcome PhD proposals in these areas in particular.

Dominic has research and teaching competencies in the following areas:

  • History of Philosophy (Descartes, Political Philosophy, German Idealism, Phenomenology – especially Husserl, Heidegger and Sartre)
  • Aesthetics (especially Kant, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer)
  • Modern Continental Philosophy (Deleuze, Badiou)
  • The essayist tradition in Philosophy (as found in the works of thinkers like Emerson, Valéry, James and Thoreau)
  • Crossovers between the putative analytic/continental divide in Philosophy (e.g. Wittgenstein, Sellars, Chalmers, Clark, 4e cognitive science). 

He is a member of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy: http://scot-cont-phil.org/

AHRC funded studentships are available in these research areas - more details

Teaching

Undergraduate Modules

Descartes, Thought and Reality (Descartes, Philosophy of Mind, Introduction to Phenomenology) - PI11007

Introduction to Aesthetics (History of Aesthetics – Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche) - PI11005

Thinking About Life: Existentialism, Lifeworld and Dasein (Existentialism – Kierkegaard, Ortega Y Gasset, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty) - PI21004

Understanding Media: The Philosophical and Cultural Impacts of Technology (Philosophy of Technology) - PI31019

Phenomenology: Lifeworld Philosophy (Phenomenology – both classical and modern, from Husserl to the implications of phenomenology for neuroscience and AI) – PI32023

Wittgenstein (Wittgenstein – both early and late) - PI41014

Postgraduate Modules

Philosophies of Imagination (examining themes and thinkers related to creativity and imagination – Kant, Bachelard, Bergson, Thoreau) – PI51026

New Realisms and Materialisms (looking at developments in recent Continental Philosophy: from Deleuze to thinkers including Jane Bennett, Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, and Elizabeth Grosz) – PI51027

Publications

Exceptional Technologies : A Continental Philosophy of Technology
8/2018
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

40 Sonnets (Winner of the 2015 Costa Poetry Award & the 2015 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry), Don Paterson. (Faber and Faber, 2015); hdbk, £14.99
12/2015, Dundee University Review of the Arts
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Rewriting the Constitution: : A Critique of 'Postphenomenology''
12/2015, Philosophy and Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The Internet Is Not the Answer. Andrew Keen (Atlantic Books, ); hdbk, £16.99
9/2015, Dundee University Review of the Arts
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

[————]: Placeholder. Rob Halpern (Enitharmon Press, 2015); pbk, £9.99
8/2015, Dundee University Review of the Arts
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Review of 'Eidolon', by Sandeep Parmar (Shearsman Books, 2015)
2/2015, Dundee University Review of the Arts
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Clichés et Page Blanche : Pour une Politique de la Créativité, de l'Imagination et de la Mémoire
/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

On Technological Ground : The Art of Torsten Lauschmann
/2015, Evental Aesthetics
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The Internet as Idea : For a Transcendental Philosophy of Technology
/2015, Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Poetry review: Indwelling : by Gillian Allnutt
7/2014, Dundee University Review of the Arts
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

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Press

Understanding America in Uncertain Times

Dominic Smith

28/11/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Never mind truth and lies - Trumpism rejects the very idea of making sense

Dominic Smith

2/03/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research



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Activities

Publishing Sphere

Dominic Smith (Participant)
23 May 201925 May 2019

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Materialist Pedagogies

Dominic Smith (Organiser), Heather Yeung (Organiser), Anna Robb (Organiser)
17 May 201918 May 2019

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Podcast

Dominic Smith (Member)
30 Mar 2019

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Human-Technology Relations

Dominic Smith (Invited speaker)
12 Jul 2018

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Society for European Philosophy/Forum for European Philosophy Conference

Dominic Smith (Invited speaker)
18 Jun 2018

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International Expert Workshop: ‘An Encounter Between Don Ihde and Bernard Stiegler: Philosophy of Technology at the Crossroads Again’

Dominic Smith (Invited speaker)
11 Jan 201812 Jan 2018

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Habitabilité des mondes cartographiques conference

Dominic Smith (Invited speaker)
11 Dec 2017

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Information Technologies and Continental Philosophy Workshop

Dominic Smith (Invited speaker)
1 Dec 2017

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University of Glasgow Research Seminar

Dominic Smith (Invited speaker)
18 Oct 2017

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Philosophy in Scottish Schools

Dominic Smith (Participant)
24 Aug 2017

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