Staff Profiles

Dr Johan De Smedt

PhD in philosophy


School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Johan De Smedt

Phone number: 8490


Location: Harcourt Hill, B building

Johan De Smedt is a philosopher who publishes in philosophy of religion, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of art, philosophy of archaeology, and science and religion. The basic question that motivates his research is how evolved, ordinary human cognitive processes give rise to extraordinary products of human creativity, such as the arts, theology and the sciences. He worked previously at Ghent University, Belgium, and at the American Institute for Foreign Studies. He is co-investigator  (with Helen De Cruz) of  “Evolution, ethics, and human origins: A deep-time perspective on human morality” (2017-2020), a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.