Paul L. Simard Smith


Welcome!  I am, among other things, a philosopher currently working as a Limited-Term Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor. Between 2014 and 2016 I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) post-doctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut. My research specializations are the Philosophy of Logic, the Philosophy of Language, Epistemology and Argumentation Theory. 

My research is largely inspired by the idea that certain views in the philosophy of logic have important consequences for debates on an array of "downstream" philosophical issues in epistemology, metaphysics and the  the philosophy of language. In particular, I am currently working on logical pluralism. My research on logical pluralism focuses both on the best way to make sense out of the notion that at least two logics are correct and in applications that that notion has for current debates on the semantics of taste discourse, the epistemology of disagreement, the nature of truth and the purpose of argumentation. 

My research is also concerned with determining the implications that recent philosophical literature on the epistemology of disagreement, faultless disagreement and pluralism in general (not just the logical variety) has for argumentation theory. In particular, I am interested in how to characterise argumentation's purpose in the context of disagreements that cannot, even in principle, be rationally resolved. 
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