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Smart, John Jamieson Carswell (1920–2012)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-V036-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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J.J.C. (Jack) Smart was born in England and studied at Glasgow and Oxford universities before moving to Australia to take up the Chair of Philosophy at Adelaide University. He was one of the earliest and most influential advocates of the mind-brain identity theory, the view that mental states are identical with brain states. He also played a major role in articulating and defending realism in science, the four-dimensional view of time and act utilitarianism in ethics.

Citing this article:
Jackson, Frank. Smart, John Jamieson Carswell (1920–2012), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-V036-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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