Nick Smith

I specialize in ethical problems within legal, social, and political philosophy, particularly as considered through contemporary continental philosophy.  I also write on and teach aesthetics. 

I 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.  I will then apply this framework to legal disputes in Apologies in Law, also with Cambridge University Press. 

I have 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." 


University Dialogue contribution: Democracy and Capitalism: Oil and Water?