Looks like an interesting book. I had a very different experience studying philosophy as an undergrad and graduate student. Maybe the Catholic liberal arts tradition is very different from others (like the one you experienced), but the emphasis was on the philosophy of nature AND man, and self-appropriation was just as important as theoretical pursuits of ultimate principles of reality. I do think the”publish or perish” is ruining things for the discipline. But it isn’t all bad, and Smith isn’t the first and won’t be the last to lodge similar complaints.