Eleanor Gordon Smith

Graduate Prize Fellow
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Eleanor Gordon Smith is a Ph.D. candidate (G5) in the Department of Philosophy. She specializes in ethics and epistemology and issues at their intersection. Her dissertation studies the mental states involved in interpersonal respect and asks whether those states are themselves the objects of moral adjudication or demands. She has additional research projects on the cognitive mechanisms that mediate or create socio-moral powers, including the role of ‘uptake’ in speech acts like promise and consent, the moral necessity (or not) of rational enquiry, and the structure of credibility. Before arriving at Princeton she received her B.A. at the University of Sydney and worked in radio journalism.