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Smith David Nathan

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David Nathan Smith

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies


I am a PhD Student in the Religious Studies Department here at McMaster University.

My major area of concentration is Religion and Politics, while my minor area is Western Religious Thought. The broader areas of my research include late 19th-mid 20th century German-Jewish philosophy, Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy, and German Idealism. Some of the topics of my research include the political implications of apocalyptic thinking, messianism, and eschatology.


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, awarded in 2018.
  • Ryerson Graduate Development Award, awarded in 2017.
  • Bishop University Scholarship, 2015.


Master of Arts in Philosophy. Ryerson University, 2018. Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Philosophy. Bishops’s University, 2016.


While at McMaster I have been a Teaching Assistant for the following courses:

  • RELIGST 1B03: What on Earth is Religion? Winter 2020.
  • RELIGST 2QQ3: Cults, Conspiracies and Close Encounters. Fall 2019 and Fall 2018.
  • RELIGST 2RD3: Religion and Diversity. Winter 2019.



  • Bishop’s University Heidegger Symposium. “Heidegger’s Re-formation of Space and Time in the Black Notebooks.” November 2018.
  • Strategies of Critique XXXI: Out of Time. York University. “Walter Benjamin: Messianism and Redemption.” April 2017.
  • Southwest American/Popular Culture Association. “The Sopranos: Anxiety and Normativity.” February 2017.