Dr Martin Smith

  • Lecturer (Philosophy)

Research interests

I am currently working on two (related) research projects.  The first project concerns the relationship between justified belief and evidential probability.  Epistemologists (and others) often take it for granted that what it means for one to have justification for believing a claim is for it to be sufficiently probable, given one's evidence.  Despite the obvious appeal of this, I think that justified belief has little to do with evidential probability and is determined by very different features of one's evidence.  The second project concerns the problem of radical scepticism and the notion of entitlement - of automatic or default justification - that some epistemologists have invoked in order to deal with it.  I argue for a novel conception of entitlement based upon the idea that the evidential support relation can be modelled as a kind of variably strict conditional operator. I have also written on conditional logic, the epistemology of deduction and the epistemology of religious belief.  Here is my my current CV.

Papers on Justification and Evidential Probability

Papers on Scepticism and Entitlement

  • 'Full Blooded Entitlement' in Pedersen, N. and Graham, P. eds. Epistemic Entitlement (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming
  • 'Entitlement and Evidence' Australasian Journal of Philosophy, v91(4), 2013 (The published version can be found here.)
  • 'Transmission Failure Explained'‌ Philosophy and Phenomenological Research v79(1), 2009 (The published version can be found here.)

Other Papers

Book reviews

A full list of publications and some work in progress can be found on my Philpapers Profile.

Grants

  • I have been awarded an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellows Grant for the 2014/2015 academic year for work on a project entitled 'Justification and Probability'.
  • I received (jointly with Philip Ebert and Peter Milne) grants from the Scots Philosophical Association, and the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for a workshop on beliefs and degrees of belief held at the University of Stirling in 2010.
  • I received (jointly with Philip Ebert and Peter Milne) grants from the Scots Philosophical Association, the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, to support a workshop on the lottery paradox, held at the University of Glasgow in 2009. 

Supervision

Current PhD students:

  • Stephanie Rennick
  • Neil McDonnell
  • Tyler McNabb
  • Geert Drieghe

Teaching

Current teaching:

  • JH3: Epistemology
  • SH26: Justification and Probability
  • Critical Thinking Component of 1K: Knowledge and the World

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2007
Number of items: 12.

2014

Smith, Martin (2014) The epistemology of religion. Analysis, 74 (1). pp. 135-147. ISSN 0003-2638 (doi:10.1093/analys/ant087)

2013

Smith, Martin (2013) Two notions of epistemic risk. Erkenntnis, 78 (5). pp. 1069-1079. ISSN 0165-0106 (doi:10.1007/s10670-012-9376-5)

Smith, M. (2013) Knowledge, justification and normative coincidence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research . ISSN 0031-8205 (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00605.x)

Smith, M. (2013) The arbitrariness of belief. In: Dodd, D. and Zardini, E. (eds.) Contemporary Perspectives on Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)

Smith, Martin (2013) Entitlement and evidence. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 91 (4). pp. 735-753. ISSN 0004-8402 (doi:10.1080/00048402.2012.732094)

2012

Smith, M. (2012) Some thoughts on the JK-Rule1. Nous, 46 (4). pp. 791-802. ISSN 0029-4624 (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0068.2012.00866.x)

Smith, M., and Ebert, P.A. (2012) Introduction: outright belief and degrees of belief. Dialectica, 66 (3). pp. 305-308. ISSN 0012-2017 (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2012.01306.x)

2011

Smith, M. (2011) God and the external world. Ratio, 24 (1). pp. 65-77. ISSN 0034-0006 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9329.2010.00483.x)

2010

Smith, M. (2010) A generalised lottery paradox for infinite probability spaces. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 61 (4). pp. 821-831. ISSN 0007-0882 (doi:10.1093/bjps/axq019)

Smith, M. (2010) What else justification could be. Nous, 44 (1). pp. 10-31. ISSN 0029-4624 (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0068.2009.00729.x)

2009

Smith, M.J. (2009) Transmission failure explained. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 79 (1). pp. 164-189. ISSN 0031-8205 (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2009.00270.x)

2007

Smith, M. (2007) Ceteris paribus conditionals and comparative normalcy. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 36 (1). pp. 97-121. ISSN 0022-3611 (doi:10.1007/s10992-006-9030-2)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 31 23:03:45 2014 BST.
Number of items: 12.

Article

Smith, Martin (2014) The epistemology of religion. Analysis, 74 (1). pp. 135-147. ISSN 0003-2638 (doi:10.1093/analys/ant087)

Smith, Martin (2013) Two notions of epistemic risk. Erkenntnis, 78 (5). pp. 1069-1079. ISSN 0165-0106 (doi:10.1007/s10670-012-9376-5)

Smith, M. (2013) Knowledge, justification and normative coincidence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research . ISSN 0031-8205 (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00605.x)

Smith, Martin (2013) Entitlement and evidence. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 91 (4). pp. 735-753. ISSN 0004-8402 (doi:10.1080/00048402.2012.732094)

Smith, M. (2012) Some thoughts on the JK-Rule1. Nous, 46 (4). pp. 791-802. ISSN 0029-4624 (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0068.2012.00866.x)

Smith, M., and Ebert, P.A. (2012) Introduction: outright belief and degrees of belief. Dialectica, 66 (3). pp. 305-308. ISSN 0012-2017 (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2012.01306.x)

Smith, M. (2011) God and the external world. Ratio, 24 (1). pp. 65-77. ISSN 0034-0006 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9329.2010.00483.x)

Smith, M. (2010) A generalised lottery paradox for infinite probability spaces. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 61 (4). pp. 821-831. ISSN 0007-0882 (doi:10.1093/bjps/axq019)

Smith, M. (2010) What else justification could be. Nous, 44 (1). pp. 10-31. ISSN 0029-4624 (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0068.2009.00729.x)

Smith, M.J. (2009) Transmission failure explained. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 79 (1). pp. 164-189. ISSN 0031-8205 (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2009.00270.x)

Smith, M. (2007) Ceteris paribus conditionals and comparative normalcy. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 36 (1). pp. 97-121. ISSN 0022-3611 (doi:10.1007/s10992-006-9030-2)

Book Section

Smith, M. (2013) The arbitrariness of belief. In: Dodd, D. and Zardini, E. (eds.) Contemporary Perspectives on Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 31 23:03:45 2014 BST.