David Livingstone Smith

David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D.



Marcil Hall 311
On leave

I earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of London (Kings College) where I worked on philosophy of psychology.  My dissertation was published as Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999).

I am professor of philosophy at the University of New England, where I teach courses on philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, free will and determinism, philosophy of human nature, philosophy of race, and other topics.




University of London, Kings College


Current research

Self-deception, dehumanization, human nature, ideology, race.

Selected publications

Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others.  New York: St. Martins Press, 2011.

How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism.  2017, Cambridge University Press.

‘Freud the Philosopher,’ Aeon [August 17, 2017]

‘Paradoxes of dehumanization,’ Social Theory and Practice 42(2): 416-433 [2015].

‘The essence of evil,’ Aeon [October 24, 2014].

 ‘Horror sanguinis,’ (with Ioana Panaitiu), Common Knowledge 22(1): 69-80 [2015].

‘Dehumanization, essentialism, and moral psychology,’ Philosophy Compass 9(11):  814-824 [2014].

‘Form and function in self-deception: a biological model,’ Sistemi Intelligenti , 3: 565-580 [2013]

‘Naturalism,’ in Alex Rosenberg and Lee McIntyre (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Social Science. New York: Routledge [2016].

‘Aping the human essence: simianization as dehumanization,’ (with Ioana Panaitiu). In Wulf D. Hund and Charles W. Mills and Silvia Sebastiani (eds.), Racism Analysis Yearbook, Vol 6: Apes, Gender, Class, and Race. Berlin: Lit Verlag [2016].

‘Dehumanization,’ In Robert Wilson, Eugenics Archive [2015].

Other scholarly activity

Winner of 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for non-fiction.

Sepeaker at 2012 G20 Economic Summit

Invited plenary presentation

‘How ideologies get their functions,’ American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, annual conference [2018].

‘Consuming authoritarianism,’ American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, annual conference [January 4, 2018].

‘Anthropology, race, and dehumanization,’ Black New England, University of New Hampshire [October 21, 2017]

‘Paradoxes of dehumanization,’ University of Virginia, Department of Political Science [April 28, 2017].

‘Less than human, lesser human, or defectively human?’ Sidore Lecture, University of New Hampshire [March 7, 2017].

‘How dehumanization works,’ Salem State University [Feb 22, 2017].

‘The politics of salvation,’ presentation at conference on ‘Philosophy after Trump,’ University of Pennsylvania [February 3, 2017].

‘Making monsters,’ Pomona College, Dept. of Philosophy, [January 20, 2017].

‘The politics of salvation: ideology, propaganda, and race in Trump’s America,’ University of California, Riverside, Dept. of Philosophy [January 19, 2017].

Panel on combatting dehumanization, Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western Reserve University [October 27, 2016].

‘Making monsters: the uncanny power of dehumanization,’ Inamori Center, Case Western Reserve University [October 28, 2016].

‘Understanding dehumanization,’ Tufts University Medical Center, Grand Rounds [September 20, 2016].

Research interests

Dehumanization, ideology, race

Research topics

Human Nature
Philosophy of Science

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