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UC Davis Department of Philosophy

Nate Smith

Philosophy Department

1240 Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 752-0607

Fax: (530) 752-8964

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Brief Curriculum Vitae


BA, Philosophy
University of California, Berkeley

MSc, History and Philosophy of Science
London School of Economics

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science

Areas of Competence: Early Analytic Philosophy, Epistemology, Bioethics

Dissertation: "Pragmatic Essentialism"

Courses Taught

Understanding Scientific Change
Introduction to Philosophy of Biology

Courses Assisted

Philosophy of Mind
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Law
Appraising Scientific Reasoning


"Oversimplification: a reply to White," Analysis 68.2 (April 2008), 161-168.

Hamilton, Andrew, Haber, Matthew and Smith, Nathan Robert "Social Insects and the Individuality Thesis: Cohesion and the Colony as a Selectable Individual." In Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity. J. Gadau and J. Fewell, eds. Harvard University Press, February, 2009.

"Goals, Heuristics, and Why the Science Matters" (Essay review of William Wimsatt, 2007, Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings: Piecewise Approximations to Reality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.) Metascience 17 (November 2008), 397-405.