John Jamieson Carswell Smart

Biography of John Jamieson Carswell Smart

J.J.C. Smart
J.J.C. Smart

JJC ‘Jack’ Smart (born John Jamieson Carswell Smart) was born on the 16th of September 1920 to William Marshall Smart (link him). He was educated at the Leys School in Cambridge before moving to Scotland to study at the University of Glasgow.

In 1938 Smart matriculated at the University to study for an arts degree, enrolling in classes such as Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Logic. His studies were interrupted due to the outbreak of the second world war, where Smart served in India and Burma. After his demobilisation Smart returned to his studies and graduated MA in 1946.

Smart remained academia,obtaining a BLitt at Queen’s College, Oxford. He was then awarded a junior research fellowship at Corpus Christi College. At the young age of 29 Smart was offered the Hughes chair of philosophy at Adelaide University, where he remained until 1972. He also taught at La Trobe University and the Australian National University in Canberra, which established the Jack Smart lecture in his honour in 1998.

A widely published philosopher, Smart’s interests lay in empiricism and materialism, and the idea that conscious thoughts and feelings arise from neurophysiological processes. He was appointed a companion of the Order of Australia in 1990, and received honorary degrees from St Andrews, Glasgow, and La Trobe universities, as well as holding visiting professorships at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale.


John Jamieson Carswell Smart
Born 16 September 1920.
Died 6 October 2012.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, 1946; LLD, 2001;
Occupation categories: philosophers
Record last updated: 15th Aug 2017

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