Subrena Smith

Phone: (603) 862-4215
Office: Philosophy, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 249T, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Cornell University
  • M.A., Philosophy, Cornell University
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of London

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of biology
  • Philosophy of evolutionary explanation
  • Philosophy of Science

Courses Taught

  • PHIL 401W: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 435: Human Nature and Evolution
  • PHIL 435H: Honors/Human Nature & Evol
  • PHIL 440C: Hon/Find a Place for Humanity
  • PHIL 444: Remaking Nature/Ethics & Polt
  • PHIL 500: Workshop
  • PHIL 630: Neuroscience and Philosophy
  • PHIL 780: Special Topics

Selected Publications

Smith, S. E. (2020). Is Evolutionary Psychology Possible?. Biological Theory, 15(1), 39-49. doi:10.1007/s13752-019-00336-4

Smith, S. E. (2020). PURPOSES, PARTS, AND PERSONS. JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH, 45, 1-13. doi:10.5840/jpr2020116149

Smith, S. E. (2019). Worlds within Worlds: a Dilemma for Modal Realism. Auslegung a Journal of Philosophy, 33, 22-30. doi:10.17161/auslegung.v33i0.13248

Smith, S. (2018). Why policymaking should not be based on evolutionary accounts of human behavior. In D. Boonin (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy (1st ed., pp. 551-562). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from

Smith, S. E. (2017). Organisms as Persisters. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 9(20171201). doi:10.3998/ptb.6959004.0009.014

Most Cited Publications