Peter Godfrey-Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California–San Diego. Before joining the Graduate Center in the fall of 2011, he taught at Stanford University, the Australian National University, and Harvard University. A preeminent scholar of the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind, his work extends to pragmatism (especially concerning John Dewey), the general philosophy of science, and areas of metaphysics and epistemology.
Godfrey-Smith is the author of four books, Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature (1996); Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (2003); Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (2009), which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, the most prestigious prize in philosophy of science; and Philosophy of Biology (2014). He has been an associate editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy and currently sits on the editorial board of Philosophy of Science.