My philosophical research is focused on the nature of consciousness and its relation to affect. My research is both cross-cultural and interdisciplinary. From the cross-cultural perspective my focus has been on the early Indian Buddhist philosophy of the Pāli Tipiṭaka and its commentaries. The Tipiṭaka is the canon of texts of the Therāvada Buddhist tradition of South Asia. Empirically, I have been working in the domains of affective neuroscience and the psychology of attention. Philosophically, I am interested in analytic as well as Phenomenological approaches to the nature of the mind.


Peer Reviewed

Smith, S.M. (forthcoming) “The Epistemic Role of Consciousness from a Practical Point of View” in Contemporary Pragmatism

Smith, S.M. (2021) “The Negation of Self in Indian Buddhist Philosophy” in Philosopher’s Imprint, Vol. 21, No. 13: 1-23.

Smith, S.M. (2020) “A Pāli Buddhist Philosophy of Sentience: Reflections on Bhavaṅga Citta” in Sophia, Vol. 59: 457-88.

Smith, S.M. (2019) “Phenomenal Overflow, Bodily Affect, and Some Varieties of Access” in Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Vol. 10, No. 4: 787-808.

Smith, S.M. (2019) “A Buddhist Analysis of Affective Bias” in Journal of Indian Philosophy, Vol. 47, No. 1: 15-85.


Smith, S.M. (2021) “Buddhist Modernism, Scientific Explanation, and the Self” in Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 12, No. 1: 157-69. A reply to Struhl (2021), found here as well as Struhl’s reply.

Smith, S.M. (2020) “Paying Attention to Buddhagosa and Pāli Buddhist Philosophy” in Philosophy East and West Vol. 69, No. 4: 1125-51.

Smith, S.M. and Thompson, E. (2015) “Searching for Affect: From William James to Neurophenomenology” in Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, Vol. 2, No. 1: 19-23. Commentary on Miskovic et al. (2015)

In progress and under review:

Pain as the Scaffolding of the Lifeworld
The Affectively Embodied Perspective of the Subject