Bart Smith-Johnson


I am a PhD student in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science funded by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities. 

My current research concerns the grounds of normative representation.The first core question I am interested in addressing is whether metasemantic objections to moral realism can be extended as objections to other forms of normative realism including metaepistemological realism. The second central question I am interested in is whether interpretationism can be used to address these objections and provide a cogent and unified metasemantic theory for normative realist positions of various kinds. 

Research interests

  • Metaethics 
  • Metanormativity
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metasemantics
  • Epistemology 


  • MA in Philosophy, 2022 - University of Leeds
  • BA in Philosophy, 2021 - University of Warwick

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Aesthetic, Moral and Political Philosophy