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Justin E.H. Smith

Justin E.H. Smith is a professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris. He is the author, most recently, of Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason (Princeton University Press, 2019).

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review

    The Moral Contortions of the New University

    Intellectual curiosity has been replaced by pro forma attention to representation.
  • The Review

    The Birth, Death, and Rebirth of Postmodernism

    No other idea from the humanities had so vast, if murky, an influence.
  • The Review

    How Social Media Imperils Scholarship

    It plays on our vanity to reduce research to a popularity contest.
  • The Review

    Truth After Trump

    Sinister forces have shaped the lies and memes of the alt-right.
  • The Review

    A Forgotten Field Could Save the Humanities

    Their future is in their past, and philology is the key.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Capital Punishment in Crisis

    Democracy and the death penalty are irreconcilable.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Why Satire Matters

    Yes, Charlie Hebdo-type humor is sometimes base. So is humanity, and we need gloomy jesters to remind us of that.
  • The Chronicle Review

    The Great Extinction

    There’s nothing unnatural about human beings’ wholesale destruction of fellow species. That’s the problem.
  • The Chronicle Review

    The Delights of Disgust

    Revulsion can be a many-splendored thing. Recent books on it by philosophers are missing some of its nifty, nasty nuances.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Our Animals, Ourselves

    Wild beasts have always mirrored both our primordial pride and our deepest fears.