Prof. Barry Smith

Barry C Smith is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute of Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where he co-directs the Centre for the Study of the Senses. He has written mostly on the philosophy of mind and language, on the topics of self-knowledge and our knowledge of language, and more recently on relativism about judgements of taste. He co-edited *The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language* (2006) with Ernest Lepore, and Knowing Our Own Minds (1998) with Crispin Wright and Cynthia Macdonald. Following his 2007 collection, *Questions of Taste - the philosophy of wine* (Oxford University Press), he has worked with psychologists, oenologists and neuroscientists on flavour perception and is now the co-organiser of an international research project on the Nature of Taste, jointly run by the University of London and NYU. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Ecole Normale Supèriere in Paris. He has written for the Guardian Newspaper, most recently on Consciousness and took part in a Guardian Debate on the topic at the Royal Institution in March 2012. He is a contributor to *In Our Time*, *Start the Week* and *Nightwaves*. He also wrote and presented a four-part radio series, *The Mysteries of the Brain*, for the BBC World Service.

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