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Genoveva Martí

ICREA - Universitat de Barcelona
Genoveva Martí

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E-mail: first-name dot last-name at gmail dot com

 

Departament de Lògica, Història i Filosofia de la Ciència

Universitat de Barcelona

Montalegre, 6-8, 4ª planta
08001 Barcelona

 

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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 (http://www.ub.es/grc_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.

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

Selection of Publications

  • Genoveva Martí. 2015

    Reference without cognition

     Andrea Bianchi (ed.): Reference. Oxford University Press
  • Genoveva Martí. 2015

    General terms, hybrid theories and ambiguitiy. A discussion of some experimental results

    Jussi Haukioja (ed.). Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Language. London. Bloomsbury, pp. 157-172
  • Genoveva Martí. 2014

    Reference and Experimental Semantics

    Edouard Machery and Elizabeth O’Neill (eds.): Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy. New York. Routledge, pp. 17-26
  • 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, José Martínez. 2007

    General Terms and Non-Trivial Rigid Designation

    C. Martínez, J.L. Falguera & J.M. Sagüillo: Current Topics in Logic and Analytic Philosophy. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela: 103-116
  • Genoveva Martí. 2007

    Weak and Strong Directness: Reference and Thought

    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, LXXIV: 730-737
  • 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

    The Significance of the Distinction between Concept Mastery and Concept Possession. Response to James Higginbotham

    Philosophical Issues, vol 9, pp. 163-167
  • 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