U N E professor David Smith delivering a lecture

“I write because I want to change the world…”

David Livingstone Smith, is a professor of philosophy at the University of New England. He earned his M.A. from Antioch University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London, Kings College.

David's books include Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999), Approaching Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Course  (Karnac, 1999), Psychoanalysis in Focus (Sage, 2002), Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind (St. Martin's Press, 2004), and The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War (St. Martin's Press, 2007). His most recent book Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others (St. Martin's Press, 2011) won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for nonfiction.

David speaks widely at both academic and non academic settings, and his work has been featured extensively in the national and international mass media. He has been featured in several prime-time television documentaries, and is often interviewed for newspapers, magazines and radio. In 2012, he was a guest speaker at the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, where he spoke on dehumanization and mass violence.

David strongly believes that the practice of philosophy has a vital role to play in helping us meet the formidable challenges confronting humanity in the 21st century and beyond, and that philosophers have a moral responsibility to engage the wider public beyond the walls of academe, and to use their philosophical skills in the service of making the world a better place.