David Livingstone Smith

David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D.



Marcil Hall 311
Teaching online

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

On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

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

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

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