Tim Smartt

Co-convener, Moral Philosophy & Ethics Education Program
Research Associate/Lecturer

BA Hons, MPhil in Philosophy (University of Sydney)

Email: timothy.smartt@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4232

  • Biography

    Tim Smartt is a Research Associate in the Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney. He is the co-convener (with Dr Annette Pierdziwol) of the Moral Philosophy & Ethics Education research program.

    Tim’s research focuses on epistemology, ethics, decision theory, and social and political philosophy. His research draws on both contemporary work in these fields and the history of philosophy in the Western tradition stretching back to Plato.

    Tim holds a BA (Hons 1) and MPhil (with High Distinction) in philosophy from the University of Sydney, and is currently completing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Sydney. He has been a visiting graduate student at Princeton University, King’s College London, and the University of Chicago.

    Prior to his appointment at Notre Dame Australia, Tim taught ethics and philosophy at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, Charles Sturt University, the University of Wollongong, Women’s College, and the Scots College. He has also worked as a research assistant for Associate Professor Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney), conducting archival research in the unpublished papers of John Rawls housed at Harvard University Archives.

  • Teaching areas

    Lecturer:

    • PHIL2070: Philosophy of Language (2018)
    • PHIL6020: Ethical Issues in Professional Life (2018, 2017, 2016)
    • Core Curriculum: Philosophy and Ethics (2018, 2017, 2016)

    Tim is actively involved in the teaching of ethics throughout the university. He has lectured and coordinated courses, delivered guest lectures, assisted with curriculum development, and collaborated on pedagogical projects, within the School of Medicine, the School of Philosophy & Theology, the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education.

    Tim also regularly lectures in ‘Logos’ - Notre Dame Sydney’s core curriculum program. He has designed and lectured stand-alone classes on epistemology, free will, moral psychology, Descartes, the philosophy of mind, Pascal’s Wager, political philosophy, the philosophy of love & friendship, the philosophy of film, and the philosophy of death.

    Tim has ten years’ experience teaching philosophy and ethics in an Australian university context. He has been awarded a Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials (with Distinction) from the University of Sydney, Student Teaching Commendations from the University of Sydney, five letters of commendation for teaching evaluation results from Notre Dame, and was a tutor for PHIL3613 ‘Philosophy of Human Rights’ (for Associate Professor Alexandre Lefebvre at the University of Sydney) which was awarded the 2017 Australasian Association of Philosophy Prize for Innovation in Inclusive Curricula.

    From 2019-2021, Tim is a member of the Philosophy as a Way of Life Network at the University of Notre Dame (USA). Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this project brings together philosophy teachers from universities across the United States to imagine new and higher impact ways to introduce students to philosophical traditions focused on thinking more deeply and rigorously about  the good life. More information here, and here.

    Tim is also involved in teaching philosophy in high schools through The Scots College, North Sydney Girls High School, the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA), and Notre Dame’s ‘Logos for Schools’ outreach initiative.

  • In the media

    • ‘Community in the Classroom.’ Article about the international research linkage established between Notre Dame’s Institute for Ethics & Society and the University of Chicago’s Professor Candace Vogler. Minds & Hearts (November, 2017), p. 46-47.
    • ‘Enlighten Me’ Review of The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb, Australian Book Review (May, 2017), p. 48.
    • ‘Mess is Good’ Review of The Gardner and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik, Australian Book Review (December, 2016), p. 51.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    Book review:

    Edited editions:

  • Conference papers

    • ‘Does Ought Imply Can in Epistemology?’ 2019 Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Wollongong. July 2019.
    • ‘Does Ought Imply Can in Epistemology?’ Goethe Epistemology Meeting, Goethe University Frankfurt. May 2019.
    • ‘Ruling Out the Rule of Consideration: Probabilistic Knowledge, Legal Proof, and Social Generalisations,’ Science, Language, Logic, and Epistemology Reading Group (SLLERG Seminar), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. October 2018.
    • ‘Safety, Personal Identity, and Irrelevant Influences on Belief,’ Workshop on Amia Srinivasan’s The Contingent World: Genealogy, Epistemology, Politics, University of Basel. June 2018. (Comments from Amia Srinivasan)
    • 'Three Approaches to Ethics Education: Moral Inquiry, Moral Understanding, and Moral Formation', Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) Annual Conference, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. July, 2018. (Co-authored with Annette Pierdziwol)
    • 'Does Ought Imply Can in Epistemology?' Current Projects Seminar, Centre for Time, University of Sydney. May, 2018.
    • 'Does Ought Imply Can in Epistemology?' Formal Methods Research Seminar, King's College London. February, 2018.
    • 'Uniqueness, Luminosity, and Epistemic Guidance,' Don't Know Don't Care Conference on Epistemic Vice and Ignorance, Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy, University of Vienna. June 2017.
    • 'Uniqueness, Luminosity, and Epistemic Guidance,' CUNY Graduate Philosophy Conference, City University of New York Graduate Centre. March 2017.
    • 'Onora O'Neill and John Rawls on Kantian Constructivism' Current Projects Seminar, Centre for Time, University of Sydney. February 2010.
    • 'Onora O'Neill and John Rawls on Kantian Constructivism' Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Princeton University. April 2010. (Comments from Ryan Davis)
  • Community engagement

    Public Engagement:

    • "How Moral Philosophy Shaped Australian Politics & Economics," Guest lecture in a Politics, Philosophy and Economics class for advanced high school students, The Scots College. November 2019.
    • Panelist, "Aristotle on the Ingredients of a Good Life," Stanton Library North Sydney. November 2019.
    • Panelist, Ethics Symposium, North Sydney Girls High School, November 2018, November 2017.
    • ‘Women in the History of Philosophy: Enlightenment Europe’ Logos for Schools (Notre Dame’s philosophy in high schools initiative), The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. December 2017
    • ‘Women in the History of Philosophy: World War II at Oxford’ Logos for Schools, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. December 2017
    • ‘Classics of Western Philosophy: Plato, Descartes, Mill,’ Three guest lectures in a Politics, Philosophy and Economics class for advanced high school students, The Scots College. November 2017
    • Adjudicator, Australasian Philosothon, St Andrew’s Cathedral School. September 2017
    • ‘What’s So Bad About Death?’ Australasian Philosothon, St Andrew’s Cathedral School. September 2017
    • ‘Moral Problems and the Good Life’ Logos for Schools, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. June 2017
    • ‘What Makes a Good Society?’ Logos for Schools, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. June 2017
    • ‘How to Be Rational: Introduction to Epistemology’ Logos for Schools, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. December 2016
    • 'Consciousness and Naturalism' St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney. August 2016 (lecture to advanced high school students)
    • ‘Believing at Will' St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney. August 2015 (lecture to advanced high school students)
    • ‘Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge, Goodness, and the Conscious Mind’ Scots International Summer School, The Scots College. January 2011
    • Adjudicator, Australasian Philosothon, Ascham School. July 2010

    Service at Notre Dame:

    • Admissions interviewer, School of Medicine, Sydney. September 2018, September 2017.
    • ‘Good Moral Disagreement’ Professional development seminar for the leadership committee of the Student Association of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. December 2017
    • ‘Understanding What’s Right and Doing It: Ethics Education at University’ Professional development seminar for Teachers Day at Notre Dame, Sydney. December 2017
    • ‘Do Politics and Friendship Mix? Lessons from Aristotle, Montaigne, and Jefferson’ Professional development seminar for the leadership committee of the Student Association of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. December 2016
  • Awards

    Research Awards

    • Research Grant, Sydney-Utrecht Partnership Collaboration Award, University of Sydney & Utrecht University, 2019-2020, $30,000.  “Conspiracy Theories in the Information Age” (with Mark Colyvan, Brian Hedden, Hannah Tierney, Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson, Daniel Cohnitz, Johannes Korbmacher, Stefan Werning, Tobias Stark, and Erik Stei)
    • Travel Grant, Goethe University Frankfurt, 2019, $1,699. Awarded in support of presenting research at Goethe University Frankfurt.
    • Postgraduate Research Support Grant, University of Sydney, 2019, $3,000. Awarded in support of presenting research at Goethe University Frankfurt.
    • Postgraduate Research Travel Award, Society for Applied Philosophy (UK), 2018, $1,237. Awarded in support of presenting research at MIT
    • Research Grant, Australian Research Theology Foundation, 2018 – 2019, $5,000. "Enriching Professional Ethics Education with the History of Ethics" (with Annette Pierdziwol)
    • Postgraduate Research Support Grant, University of Sydney, 2018, $2,750. Awarded in support of research conducted at King’s College London
    • Successfully applied for a Fulbright Specialist Program grant (Project FSP-P000163) to support a collaboration between Notre Dame’s Institute for Ethics & Society and Professor Candace Vogler (University of Chicago). This established an international research linkage which resulted in the IES being named an official partner institute on Professor Vogler’s $2.2m John Templeton Project “Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life” at the University of Chicago, 2017, $8,000. Further information: https://thevirtueblog.com/2017/08/29/our-newest-partner-the-institute-for-ethics-and-society-at-the-university-of-notre-dame-australia/
    • 5-Year Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship, City University of New York Graduate Centre, 2012, US$92,000 plus full tuition (Declined)
    • Lucy Firth Prize, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2012, $2,500
    • Lucy Firth Prize, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2011, $1,000
    • Postgraduate Research Support Grant, University of Sydney, 2010, $2,200. Awarded in support of a semester spent as a visiting graduate student at Princeton University.
    • Travel Grant, Princeton University Centre for Human Values, Princeton University, 2010, US$1,000
    • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2009-2011, $61,500

    Teaching Awards

    • Member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Network, University of Notre Dame (USA), 2019-2021.
    • Invited guest instructor in the Teaching Development Program, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney, 2019, $500.
    • Dean’s Teaching Award, School of Medicine (Sydney), The University of Notre Dame Australia, 2019
    • Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials with Distinction, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney, 2017, $500
    • Student Teaching Commendations, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney, 2018, 2017.
    • Tutor for PHIL3616 Philosophy of Human Rights, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney (for Associate Professor Alexandre Lefebvre) which was awarded the 2017 Australasian Association of Philosophy Prize for Innovation in Inclusive Curricula. Further information: https://aap.org.au/prizes/inclusivecurricula
    • Letters Of Commendation For Teaching Evaluation, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 2018 (x2), 2017, 2012, 2011
  • Professional affiliations

    • Australasian Association of Philosophy, Member
    • Aristotelian Society, Member
    • Society for Applied Philosophy, Member
    • Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA), Member
    • Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, University of Notre Dame (USA), Network Member, 2019-2021