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Nicholas Smith

J.R. Howard Hall

“My goal in every class I teach is to try to infect my students with the same fascination and passion for philosophy and the classics that I have always felt for them. Teaching, for me, is an attempt to share my love for these subjects.”

I am the James F. Miller Professor of Humanities. Prior to 1999, I taught at Virginia Tech, the University of Hong Kong, and Michigan State University. I received my BA (High Honors) from the University of Rochester in 1971, and my Ph.D. from Stanford in 1975. I am author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over 15 books, includingPlato’s Socrates (with T. C. Brickhouse), which won the “Outstanding Academic Book for 1994” award from Choice. I am also the author of more than 80 journal, encyclopedia, or dictionary articles, reviews, and translations, including three of the translations of works by Plato and Pseudo-Plato that appear in the new Plato: Complete Works from Hackett. In 1985, I won the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics.

During my free time, I like to hike, travel, cook (and eat!), and read fiction.

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Nicholas Smith’s office is located in room 229 of John R. Howard Hall.


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Nicholas Smith James F. Miller Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 45 Portland OR 97219 USA