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
  • 'Scepticism by a Thousand Cuts' International Journal for the Study of Scepticism, 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 Research Leadership 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

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Number of items: 14.

2014

Smith, M. (2014) Evidential incomparability and the Principle of Indifference. Erkenntnis. (doi:10.1007/s10670-014-9665-2)

Smith, M. (2014) Knowledge, justification and normative coincidence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 89(2). pp. 273-295. (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00605.x)

Smith, M. (2014) The arbitrariness of belief. In: Dodd, D. and Zardini, E. (eds.) Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 322-336. ISBN 9780199658343 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658343.003.0015)

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

Smith, M. (2014) Scepticism by a thousand cuts. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. (doi:10.1163/22105700-05011177) (Early Online Publication)

2013

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

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

2012

Smith, M. (2012) Some thoughts on the JK-Rule1. Nous, 46(4). pp. 791-802. (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. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2012.01306.x)

2011

Smith, M. (2011) God and the external world. Ratio, 24(1). pp. 65-77. (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. (doi:10.1093/bjps/axq019)

Smith, M. (2010) What else justification could be. Nous, 44(1). pp. 10-31. (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. (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. (doi:10.1007/s10992-006-9030-2)

This list was generated on Fri Feb 27 10:36:20 2015 GMT.
Number of items: 14.

Articles

Smith, M. (2014) Evidential incomparability and the Principle of Indifference. Erkenntnis. (doi:10.1007/s10670-014-9665-2)

Smith, M. (2014) Knowledge, justification and normative coincidence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 89(2). pp. 273-295. (doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2012.00605.x)

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

Smith, M. (2014) Scepticism by a thousand cuts. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. (doi:10.1163/22105700-05011177) (Early Online Publication)

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

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

Smith, M. (2012) Some thoughts on the JK-Rule1. Nous, 46(4). pp. 791-802. (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. (doi:10.1111/j.1746-8361.2012.01306.x)

Smith, M. (2011) God and the external world. Ratio, 24(1). pp. 65-77. (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. (doi:10.1093/bjps/axq019)

Smith, M. (2010) What else justification could be. Nous, 44(1). pp. 10-31. (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. (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. (doi:10.1007/s10992-006-9030-2)

Book Sections

Smith, M. (2014) The arbitrariness of belief. In: Dodd, D. and Zardini, E. (eds.) Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 322-336. ISBN 9780199658343 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658343.003.0015)

This list was generated on Fri Feb 27 10:36:20 2015 GMT.