Nicholas Smith

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Assistant Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics


Office: N-499J

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-1409

Nicholas Ryan Smith is Assistant Professor and Critical Thinking Coordinator in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics. His research falls primarily in moral philosophy, especially virtue ethics.


Virtue Ethics, Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Critical Thinking


  • Ph.D. University of Auckland, Philosophy, 2015.
  • M.A. Stony Brook University, Philosophy, 2008.
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2006.

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • ‘The Virtue of Hope’
  • ‘Virtue Ethics, Motivating Reasons, and Right Action’
  • ‘Target-Centered Virtue Ethics’
  • ‘Virtue, Living Well, and the Shape of a Life’


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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