J. J. C. “Jack” Smart is the Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. Someone once said that if there was a Nobel Prize for Philosophy, he would have won it at least twice. He graciously invited me to lunch at the Monash Club (and insisted on picking up the tab!) and afterwards we discussed philosophy, especially his major contributions, including the demolition of mind-brain dualism and his contribution to metaphysics in the area of philosophy of time. We also talk about his ethical stance of utilitarianism, where his arguments against rule utilitarianism have been very influential.

Jack Smart

Jack is 86 and said he doesn’t know much about podcasting but his grandkids are always talking about it.

Link: Jack Smart’s homepage at Monash University.

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