Nicholas Smith

Department Chair , Philosophy

PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-1329
Office: Philosophy, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 250EA, Durham, NH 03824
Nick Smith

Nick Smith is a professor and chairperson of the University of New Hampshire Department of Philosophy. Before coming to UNH, Smith worked as a litigator for LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, and MacRae and as a judicial clerk for the Honorable R.L. Nygaard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Smith published I Was Wrong: On The Meanings of Apologies with Cambridge University Press in 2008 and Justice through Apologies: Remorse, Reform and Punishment in 2014 (also with Cambridge University Press). Smith regularly appears in the media, including interviews with Diane Rehm, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Guardian UK, NPR, BBC, CBC, CNN, Fortune, Salon, Aeon, Radiolab, Philosophy Talk, and others. He has received teaching awards from the UNH and Vanderbilt.

Education

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., Philosophy, Vassar College

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • Apologies and forgiveness
  • Contemporary continental philosophy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Human Rights & Justice Issues
  • Philosophy of law
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Social Justice

Courses Taught

  • COLA 658: Humanities Spr Budapest Prog
  • HUMA 550: Comparative Ideas
  • HUMA 551: Field Studies in Art & Culture
  • PHIL 421: Honors/Philosophy and the Arts
  • PHIL 424: Science, Technology, & Society
  • PHIL 436: Honors/Social & Political Phil
  • PHIL 440: Just Business Ethics
  • PHIL 620: 20th Century European Phil
  • PHP 908: Public Health Ethics

Selected Publications

Smith, N. (2020). “Forgiveness in Law,”. In G. Pettigrove, & R. Enright (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Forgiveness. Routledge.

Smith, N. (2019). “Apologies and Transitional Justice: Myths, Ideologies, and Complexities,”. In J. Meierhenrich, A. Hinton, & L. Douglas (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. Oxford.

Smith, N. J. (2018). “When Our Students Die,” Philosophers in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching, eds. Steven Cahn, Alexandra Bradner, and Andrew Mills (Hackett, 2018). In S. Cahn, A. Brader, & A. Mills (Eds.), Philosophers in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching,. Hackett.

Smith, N. J. (2017). Apologies as Remedies, Apologies as Weapons: Advice for Prime Minister Trudeau. University of Toronto Center for Ethics Journal, 7(7). Retrieved from https://c4ejournal.net/

Smith, N. J. (2017). Guidelines for Sentencing Apologetic Offenders: Summary Version for Practitioners. University of Toronto Center for Ethics Journal C4eJournal, 9. Retrieved from https://c4ejournal.net/

Smith, N. (2008). Questions for a Reluctant Jurisprudence of Alterity. ESSAYS ON LEVINAS AND LAW: A MOSAIC, 55-75. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Smith, N., & Smith, N. (2008). Varieties of Apologies. In I WAS WRONG: THE MEANINGS OF APOLOGIES (pp. 140-152). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Smith, N., & Smith, N. (2008). Elements of the Categorical Apology. In I WAS WRONG: THE MEANINGS OF APOLOGIES (pp. 28-107). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Smith, N., & Smith, N. (2008). Introduction: Apologies as a Source of Moral Meaning in Modernity. In I WAS WRONG: THE MEANINGS OF APOLOGIES (pp. 1-+). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Smith, N. (2005). The splinter in your ear: Noise as the semblance of critique. Culture, Theory and Critique, 46(1), 43-59. doi:10.1080/14735780500102421

Most Cited Publications