Barbara Herrnstein Smith
Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English
Smith's research has been concerned with literary theory, poetry and poetics, ideas of value and judgment, and intellectual controversies over science and knowledge. Her current work focuses on developments in cognitive science and the philosophy of biology, intellectual issues involving science and religion, and the historical, intellectual and institutional relations between the sciences and the humanities.
- Ph.D., Brandeis University 1965
- M.A., Brandeis University 1955
- B.A., Brandeis University 1954
Smith, Barbara Herrnstein. Practicing Relativism in the Anthropocene On Science, Belief, and the Humanities. 2018. Open Access Copy
Smith, B. H. Natural reflections: Human cognition at the nexus of science and religion. 2010, pp. 1–206.
Smith, B. H. Scandalous knowledge: Science, truth and the human. 2006, pp. 1–198.
Smith, Barbara Herrnstein, and Arkady Plotnitsky. Mathematics, Science, and Postclassical Theory. Duke University Press, 1997.
Smith, B. H. Belief and Resistance: Dynamics of Contemporary Intellectual Controversy. Harvard UP, 1997.
Smith, Barbara H., and Darryl J. Gless, editors. The Politics of Liberal Education. Duke University Press, 1991.
Smith, Barbera Herrnstein. Contingencies of Value: Alternative Perspectives for Critical Theory. Harvard University Press, 1988.
Smith, B. H. On the Margins of Discourse: The Relation of Literature to Language. U of Chicago P, 1978.
Smith, B. H. Poetic Closure. Edited by Alex Preminger at al, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton 1993), 1974.
Smith, B. H., et al. Shakespeare’s Sonnets. New York: Avon Books, and New York UP, 1969.
Smith, Barbara Herrnstein. “SCIENTIZING THE HUMANITIES.” Common Knowledge, vol. 22, no. 3, Duke University Press, Sept. 2016, pp. 353–72. Crossref, doi:10.1215/0961754x-3622212. Full Text Open Access Copy
Smith, Barbara Herrnstein. “What Was “Close Reading”?.” The Minnesota Review, vol. 2016, no. 87, Duke University Press, 2016, pp. 57–75. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00265667-3630844. Full Text Open Access Copy
Smith, B. H. “An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns.” Common Knowledge, vol. 20, no. 3, Duke University Press, Oct. 2014, pp. 491–93. Crossref, doi:10.1215/0961754x-2732820. Full Text Open Access Copy
Watson, J. “On Free-Wheeling Careers: An Interview with Barbara Herrnstein Smith.” The Minnesota Review, vol. 2013, no. 80, Duke University Press, Jan. 2013, pp. 62–79. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00265667-2018361. Full Text Open Access Copy
Smith, B. H. “Reading at large: Reflections on the forum "What can reading do?".” Novel, vol. 45, no. 1, Mar. 2012, pp. 27–29. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00295132-1541333. Full Text
Smith, B. H. “The Entwinement of Religion and Economics: Comments on Bradley Bateman's "In a Space of Questions".” History of Political Economy, vol. 43, no. 2, Duke University Press, June 2011, pp. 423–28. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00182702-1257514. Full Text Open Access Copy