Tara Smith is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas. Dr. Smith’s main interests concern the nature of values, virtues and the requirements of objective law.
Dr. Smith is author of Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist; Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality; and Moral Rights and Political Freedom as well as a number of articles in such venues as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Law and Philosophy and Social Philosophy and Policy. Currently she is writing a book on objective methodology in judicial review.
Recent publications include “Originalism, Vintage or Nouveau: He Said, She Said Law,” Fordham Law Review (2013); “Neutrality Isn’t Neutral: On the Value Neutrality of the Rule of Law,” Washington University Jurisprudence Review (2011); “Reckless Caution: The Perils of Judicial Minimalism,” NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2010); and “Originalism’s Misplaced Fidelity: ‘Original’ Meaning Is Not Objective,” Constitutional Commentary (2009).
She is the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and also holds the Anthem Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Smith is a member of the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.