Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Genoveva Martí

ICREA - Universitat de Barcelona
Genoveva Martí




Departament de Filosofia

Universitat de Barcelona

Montalegre, 6-8, 4ª planta
08001 Barcelona




Curriculum Vitae

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I was born in Barcelona and I obtained my "Licenciatura" (BA) at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1981. In 1982 I joined the PhD program at Stanford University, where my PhD was awarded in January 1989. I have been Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside, and Reader at the London School of Economics. In 2014-15 I was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). I have been coordinator of the research group LOGOS ( I was awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2012. I am an elected member of the Academia Europaea (since 2009) and from January 2013 till July 2014 I was the Academic Director of the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub in Barcelona.

Research topics: I am primarily interested in the exploration of reference, the relation between words and pieces of the world that makes it possible to talk about things. A traditional explanation of the relation of reference is the view that reference is mediated by our cognitive perspective on things. On this view, which objects we talk about is determined by the concepts we associate with the expressions we use. Against this view I defend an approach according to which what we refer to is not determined by our internal mental states nor by the concepts we entertain; it rather depends on social and causal factors that are external to our mind. This area of research is connected to other research areas, especially in Linguistics and Psychology.  I also have worked on the explanation of legal disputes from the point of view of different theories of reference, on the role of the theory of reference in the defense of scientific realism and on the impact of experimental data on semantics.

Keywords: Theory of Reference; Direct Reference; Names and Definite Descriptions; Semantics of General terms; Modality; Carnap and Quine on Modality; Experimental Philosophy and Semantics.

Selection of Publications

  • Genoveva Martí. 2023

    The semantics of natural kind terms. A critical reflection on experimental and theoretical issues.

    Acta Philosophica Fennica, 100: 153-172
  • Genoveva Martí. 2022

    Reference and theories of reference

    Piotr Stalmaszczyk (ed.): The Cambridge Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge University Press, pp. 233-265.
  • Genoveva Martí, Lorena Ramírez-Ludeña. 2021

    Tolerance, Flexibility and the application of kind terms.

    Synthese,198: 2973-2986
  • Genoveva Martí, José Martínez-Fernández. 2021

    The representation of gappy sentences in four-valued semantics

    Semiotica 2021(240): 145-163
  • Genoveva Martí, Carl Hoefer. 2020

    Realism, reference and perspective

    European Journal for Philosophy of Science 10(3) 38

  • Genoveva Martí, Lorena Ramírez-Ludeña. 2020

    On whales and fish. Two models of interpretation.

    Jurisprudence, 11 (1): 63-75.

  • Genoveva Martí. 2020

    Names, Descriptions and Causal Descriptions. Is the Magic Gone?

    Topoi 39: 357-365

    DOI. 10.1007/s11245-017-9525-1

  • Genoveva Martí, Carl Hoefer. 2019

    Water has a microstructural essence after all

    European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 9, 1 UNSP 12



  • Genoveva Martí. 2017

    Names, predicates and the object-property distinction.

    M. de Ponte and K. Korta (eds.): Reference and Representation in Thought and Language. Oxford University Press, pp. 14-19.

  • Genoveva Martí, Lorena Ramírez-Ludeña. 2016

    Legal Disagreements and Theories of Reference

    Francesca Poggi (ed.): Pragmatics and Law. Philosophical Perspectives. Springer: 121-139.
  • Genoveva Martí. 2015

    Reference without cognition

    A. Bianchi (ed.) On Reference. Oxford University Press
  • Genoveva Martí. 2012

    On Modality and Reference. Ruth Barcan Marcus (1921-2012). Obituary

    Teorema, 31 (2102), pp.  203-212
  • Genoveva Martí. 2012

    Empirical Data and the Theory of Reference

    Kabasenche,  W.; O'Rourke, M.; Slater, M. (eds.): Topics in Contemporary Philosophy: Reference and Referring. MIT Press: 63-82
  • Genoveva Martí, José Martínez-Fernández. 2011

    General Terms, Rigidity and the Trivialization Problem

    Synthese 181, 2 (2011), pp. 277-293; doi:10.1007/s11229-010-9802-7
  • Genoveva Martí, José Martínez-Fernández. 2010

    General Terms as Designators: A Defence of the View

    H. Beebee & N. Sabbarton-Leary: The Semantics and Metaphysics of Kinds. Routledge, pp. 46-63
  • Genoveva Martí. 2009

    Against Semantic Multiculturalism

    Analysis, 69:42-49
  • Genoveva Martí. 2008

    Direct Reference and Definite Descriptions

    Dialectica, 62: 43-57
  • Genoveva Martí. 2004

    Rigidity and General Terms

    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 104: 129-146
  • Genoveva Martí. 2003

    The Question of Rigidity in New Theories of Reference

    Nous, 37: 161-179
  • Genoveva Martí. 1998

    Rigidity and the Description of Counterfactual Situations

    Theoria, vol 13: 3, pp.477-490
  • Genoveva Martí. 1997

    Rethinking Quine’s Argument on the Collapse of Modal Distinctions

    Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, vol 38:2, pp. 276-294
  • Genoveva Martí. 1995

    The Essence of Genuine Reference

    Journal of Philosophical Logic, 24, pp. 275-289
  • Genoveva Martí. 1994

    Do Modal Distinctions Collapse in Carnap's System?

    Journal of Philosophical Logic, vol. 23, pp. 575-593
  • Genoveva Martí. 1993

    The Source of Intensionality

    Philosophical Perspectives, vol 7 (1993). pp. 197-206
  • Genoveva Martí. 1989

    Aboutness and Substitutivity

    Midwest Studies in Philosophy. Vol. XIV (1989). pp. 127-139