Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Robert Smithson, Assistant Professor

Faculty portrait, contact information, and education.

Office: Bear Hall 266
Phone: (910) 962-0529


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Physics and Economics, University of Virginia
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Metaphysics
    • Philosophy of science
    • Philosophy of mind
    • Philosophy of language
    • Epistemology
  • Publications
    • “An Idealist Critique of Naturalism”, (2018).  Inquiry. Special Issue on “Idealism and the Metaphilosophy of Mind.”
    • “A New Epistemic Argument for Idealism”, (2018). Goldschmidt & Pearce (eds.),  Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. 17-33.
    • “Newman's Objection and the No Miracles Argument”, (2017).  Erkenntnis. 82(5), 993-1014.
    • “The Principle of Indifference and Inductive Scepticism”, (2017)  British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 68(1), 253–272.
  • Courses Taught
    • PAR 101: Invitation to Philosophical Thinking
    • PAR 110: Introduction to Logic
  • Trivia
    • Aside from philosophy, I love rock climbing, riding bikes, playing music, reading fiction, cooking, and playing with my new baby daughter.
    • You can visit my academic website at