Dominic Smith

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Lecturer in Philosophy, Learning & Teaching and Postgraduate Co-ordinator (Philosophy)



Dominic wrote his PhD in Philosophy on tensions between Deleuze and Badiou. Since graduating, he has taught philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. His current work at Dundee involves teaching as part of the Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices (APCP) course run by the Philosophy department in conjunction with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Dominic has published on Deleuze and Badiou, and he's currently working toward papers on Deleuze’s relationship to Sartre and the changing status of thinking in the age of the Internet. His big project concerns Internet technology (how the idea of the Internet functions to shape contemporary human behaviour). He also recently had the great pleasure to write the catalogue essay for ‘Still’, an exhibition by the contemporary Scottish artist Phil Braham, to be shown at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Dominic has a fascination with literature, and with how it can develop philosophical ideas. In particular, he loves the work of Proust, Perec, Céline, Vonnegut, Foster Wallace, and the poetry of Dylan Thomas. He also loves walking, and plays guitar in a band called Kaddish, bits of which can be found all over the virtual ether.

He is a member of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy:

Top tips for students

Before studying Philosophy, Dominic Smith recommends that you read as many of the classics of Philosophy as possible, for example, Plato's Republic. And allow your imaginations to be set ablaze!



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

Existential Themes in Technology, Culture and Film (Existentialism – Kierkegaard, Ortega Y Gasset, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty) - PI21004

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

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)

Economies of Creativity (examining social, technological and economic conditions affecting creativity today – Marcuse, Adorno, Lyotard, Deleuze)


Research Interests

Dr Dominic Smith's research interests include the following:

  • 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)
  • Philosophy of Technology (especially Heidegger, Marx, Stiegler, McLuhan)

He is a member of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy:

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






  • 'On Technological Ground: The Art of Torsten Lauschmann', Evental Aesthetics, Volume 4, no. 2 (2015), Page 138-170.  Online at:
  • 'The Internet as Idea: For a Transcendental Philosophy of Technology', Techn?: Research in Philosophy and Technology, ( 19:3
  • 'Rewriting the Constitution: A Critique of 'Postphenomenology'', Philosophy & Technology, Volume 28, Issue 4 (2015), Page 533-551 ( 
  • ‘Clichés and the Blank Page’ in Le Sujet et le numérique/ The Digital Subject (eds. Cassou-Nogues, P., Regnauld, A., Larsonneur, C.), Paris : Les Presses du réel (2014).
  • 'Rewriting the Constitution: A Critique of 'Postphenomenology'', Philosophy & Technology (2014). Online at:
  • ‘Review of Christina Howells and Gerald Moore (eds.), Stiegler and technics EUP, 2013)’, Parrhesia, 17 92-97 (2013). Online at:
  • 'Understanding the Media of the Message: Making McLuhan's Assumptions Explicit', 'Contact Forum' series of The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (eds. Van Den Eede, Y.Bauwens, J., Beyl, J., Van den Bossche, M. & Verstrynge K.) 263-269 (2013).
  • 'Beyond Bartleby and Bad Faith: Thinking Critically with Deleuze and Sartre', Deleuze Studies, 7 83-105 (2013).
  • Still: New Paintings by Philip Braham (August 2011), ISBN: 978-0-956781-0-3.
  • ‘Deleuze’s Ethics of Reading: Deleuze, Badiou, and Primo Levi’, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 12:3 (2007).