Tara A. Smith

Prof. Tara A. Smith

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Smith's main interests concern the nature of values, virtues, and the requirements of objective law. She recently published "Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System" (Cambridge University Press, August 2015), a study of proper methodology in judicial review and its foundations in a proper conception of objective law.

Smith's previous books are "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics - The Virtuous Egoist" (2006), "Viable Values - A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality" (2000), and "Moral Rights and Political Freedom" (1995). Her articles have been published in such journals as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Law and Philosophy, and Social Philosophy and Policy. Recent publications include "What Are We Cheering? Sport and the Value of Valuing," Fair Play - Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law (2014); "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), and "Reckless Caution: The Perils of Judicial Minimalism," NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2010). She is the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and also holds the Anthem Foundation Fellowship.