- Professor Barry C. Smith
- M.A. Ph.D.
- Director of the Institute of Philosophy
- Institute of Philosophy
- Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
- 020 7862 8682
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Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Philosophy, Social Sciences
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
Barry C Smith is a professor of philosophy and director of the Institute of Philosophy as well as the founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. Barry was appointed Leadership Fellow for the AHRC Science in Culture Theme in 2012. He is a philosopher of language and mind who has published on self-knowledge, linguistic knoweldge, consciousness, the emotions, taste and smell. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Califonia at Berkeley and the Ecole Normale Superiéure in Paris. He now works mainly on the multisensory perception of flavour and has published in Nature and Food Quality and Preference, as well as carrying out consultancy work for the food and drinks industry. In 2007, he edited Questions of Taste: the philosophy of wine, Oxford University Press 2007), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language, Oxford University Press 2008 (with Ernest Lepore), and Knowing Our Own Minds Oxford University Press 1998 (with Crispin Wright and Cynthia Macdonald). He has appeared frequently on BBC Radio’s In Our Time and Nightwaves, and also on Start the Week. And in 2010, he was the writer and presenter of a four-part series for the BBC World Service called The Mysteries of the Brain. He is also the wine columnist for Prospect Magazine.
Spoken Written French Intermediate Intermediate
- Publication Details
Date Details 01-Jan-2016 Proust, the Madeleine and Memory
Memory in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Sebastian Groes, New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities and the Sciences, Palgrave Macmillan 2015
01-Jan-2016 Crossmodal correspondences: four challenges. Multisensory Research
09-Nov-2015 '‘The Chemical Senses
The Oxford Handbook to Philosophy of Perception, edited by M.Matthen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
15-May-2015 Bouba-Kiki in the plate: combining crossmodal correspondences to change flavour experience
Flavour 2015, 4:22
28-Feb-2015 What Wittgenstein would have said about that dress
BBC News Website
04-Nov-2014 What Does Metacognition Do for Us
Philosophy and Phenomenological Review, Vo. 89, Issue 3, 2014: 727-735
01-Nov-2014 British Abolitionists and the End of Slavery in Brazil
Institute for the Study of the Americas
20-Feb-2014 Airplane noise and the taste of Umami
Spence, Charles, Michel, Charles and Smith, Barry, Airplane noise and the Taste of Umami, Flavour, 3:2, 2014.
29-Nov-2013 Grape Expectations: How the proportion of white grape in Champagne affects the ratings of experts and social drinkers in a blind tasting
Harrar, Vanessa, Smith, Barry, Deroy, Ophelia and Spence, Charles, Grape Expectations: How the proportion of white grape in Champagne affects the ratings of experts and social drinkers in a blind tasting, Flavour,2: 25, 2013.
17-Apr-2013 ‘Relativism, Disagreement and Predicates of Personal Taste’,
in: F.Recanati, I.Stojanovic, N.Villanueva (eds) Context-dependence, Perspective and Relativity. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG
01-Dec-2012 Davidson, Interpretation and First-person Constraints on Meaning
in Davidson: Life and Work, ed. M.Bagrhamian
Taylor and Francis
01-Jan-2012 Perspective: Complexities of Flavour
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01-Jan-2012 Empathie et perception des valuers
in Dialogue 51 (2012), 1– 9
Canadian Philosophical Association
01-Jan-2012 The Publicity of Meaning and the Interiority of Mind
Mind, Meaning and Knowledge. Themes from the Philosophy of Crispin Wright, ed. A. Coliva, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012
01-Jan-2012 The Sensory and the Multisensory
This Will Make You Smarter, ed. John Brockman (2012 Harper Perennial)
01-Jan-2011 The True Taste of a Wine?
Wine Active Compounds: Proceedings of the WAC2011 International Conference, ed. David Chassagne & Regis D.
Gougeon, Oenopluria Media, 2011, pp.283-6
01-Jan-2009 Speech Sounds the Meeting of Minds
New Essays on Sound and Perception, eds. M.Nudds and C.O’Callaghan, Oxford University Press 2009
01-Jan-2007 The Objectivity of Tastes and Tasting
Questions of Taste: the philosophy of wine,ed. Barry C. Smith (Oxford University Press, NY, 2007), pp.41-77
01-Jan-2007 ‘What We Mean, What We Think We Mean and How Language Surprises Us’
in: B. Soria and E. Romero (eds) Explicit Communication, Robyn Carston’s Pragmatics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
01-Jan-2007 Questions of Taste: the philosophy of wine
ed. Barry C. Smith Oxford NY: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Companion to Aesthetics, 2nd edition 2014
01-Jan-2006 The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language
eds. E. Lepore & B.C. Smith Oxford: Oxford University Press
01-Jan-1998 Knowing Our Own Minds
edited with Crispin Wright and Cynthia Macdonald, (Oxford)
Date Details 2012 Courvoisier - Le Nez de Courvoisier
Le Nez de Courvoisier film on You Tube
Le Nez de Courvoisier - APP
2012 The Colour of Wine - Champagne Assembly Day
Report of experiments on colour of grapes in Mumm and Perrier-Jouet Champage presented at Champagne Assembly Day 2012
- Research Projects & Supervisions
Details Network for Sensory Research
A SSHRC funded Partnership grant creating a Network for Sensory Research involving Toronto, Harvard, MIT, Glasgow and the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the Institute of Philosophy
Science in Culture Leadership Fellowship
The ‘Science in Culture’ theme aims to develop the reciprocal relationship between science disciplines and the arts and humanities. The sciences and the arts and humanities often seek to answer very different kinds of questions about human nature, the nature of the world we live in as well as the relationship between the two. Sometimes, however, the questions we seek to answer do not neatly fall within the remit of one or the other. Arts and humanities research can help us answer questions such as:
• What are the nature, value and scope of scientific research?
• What roles do culture, imagination, argumentation, creativity, discovery and curiosity play in scientific enquiry?
• How might the arts and humanities engage with the sciences as systems of knowledge from the perspective of their cultural context, development and impact?
• How might such interaction enhance public engagement and educational approaches, and inform policy debates?
British Academy Latin-American Caribbean Link Grant
- Professional Affiliations
Name Activity AHRC Leadership Fellow for Science in Culture Theme Leading on Science in Culture Theme
Name Type Activity Start date End date Co-investigator on SSHRC Network for Sensory Research Network Partnership with Toronto, Harvard, MIT and Glasgow Workshops and Conferences on Multisensory Integration 01-Sep-2010 01-Sep-2013
- Consultancy & Media
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