Nick specializes in ethical problems within legal, social, and political philosophy, particularly as considered through contemporary continental philosophy. He also writes on and teaches aesthetics.
Professor Smith recently finished a book for Cambridge University Press titled The Categorical Apology, which considers the various kinds of moral meanings conveyed by apologies from individuals and collectives. He then applies this framework to legal disputes in Apologies in Law, also with Cambridge University Press.
Professor Smith has two other books on the backburner. One argues against the ubiquity of commodification in the law and the other, which is co-authored with Guyora Binder, studies the role of transparency in Bentham's theory of punishment. Titles of representative publications include: "The Categorical Apology," "When Selling Your Soul Isn’t Enough," "Framed: Utilitarianism and the Punishment of the Innocent," and "Why Hardcore Goes Soft: Adorno, Japanese Noise, and the Extirpation of Dissonance."
2007 University Dialogue contribution: Democracy and Capitalism: Oil and Water?
University Dialogue contribution: Poverty, Money, and Happiness