Michael J. Smith
lecturer - portico
Fulton Hall 254B
Doctoral Candidate, Boston College
M.A., Boston College
B.A., Fordham University
Michael J. Smith joined the Portico faculty in 2013. Prior to teaching Portico, he was an instructor in the PULSE program at Boston College, and he has taught a variety of courses in philosophy with a focus on ethics and political philosophy. Twice a recipient of the Donald J. White award for excellence in teaching, Michael is especially excited to introduce students to new ways of considering ethical issues, and to help them think critically and reflectively about their own decisions.
His dissertation research focuses on the relation between religion and social solidarity in Spinoza’s political philosophy, as part of a more general interest in the service of philosophy to communities. Michael has recently presented on his dissertation research at the annual convention of the College Theology Society, and on the relation of business and liberal arts education at the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium.