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 444: Remaking Nature/Ethics & Polt
  • PHIL 500: Workshop
  • PHIL 780: Spc Top/

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. (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. (n.d.). Purposes, Parts, and Persons.

Smith, S. E. (n.d.). Worlds within Worlds: a Dilemma for Modal Realism. auslegung: a journal of philosophy, 33, 22-30. doi:10.17161/auslegung.v33i0.13248

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

Most Cited Publications