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  1. David B. Martens (2011). A Late Medieval Dispute About the Conditions for Knowledge. Philosophical Papers 40 (3):421-438.
    Philosophical Papers, Volume 40, Issue 3, Page 421-438, November 2011.
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  2. David B. Martens (2010). First-Person Belief and Empirical Certainty. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 91 (1):118-136.
    This is a critical exposition and limited defence of a theory of first-person belief transiently held by Roderick Chisholm after giving up the early haecceity theory of Person and Object (1976) and before adopting the late self-attribution theory of The First Person (1981). I reconstruct that 'middle' theory as involving what I call a 'hard-core' approach to de re belief and I rebut objections concerning epistemic supervenience and abnormal consciousness. In my rebuttals, I sketch a variant of (...)
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  3. David B. Martens (2010). William Heytesbury and the Conditions for Knowledge. Theoria 76 (4):355-374.
    Ivan Boh affirms and Robert Pasnau denies that William Heytesbury holds merely true belief to be sufficient for knowledge in the broad sense. I argue that Boh is correct and Pasnau is mistaken, and that there is a long-running orthodox medieval tradition agreeing with Heytesbury about the conditions for knowledge. I offer a hypothesis about the origins, continuance and demise of that medieval tradition, and some remarks about the tradition's significance.
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  4. David B. Martens (2006). Combination, Convention, and Possibility. Journal of Philosophy 103 (11):577-586.
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  5. David B. Martens (2006). Confidence in Unwarranted Knowledge. Erkenntnis 65 (2):143 - 164.
    Epistemic minimalism affirms that mere true belief is sufficient for propositional knowledge. I construct a taxonomy of some specific forms of minimalism and locate within that taxonomy the distinct positions of various advocates of minimalism, including Alvin Goldman, Jaakko Hintikka, Crispin Sartwell, Wolfgang Lenzen, Franz von Kutschera, and others. I weigh generic minimalism against William Lycan’s objection that minimalism is incompatible with plausible principles about relations between knowledge, belief, and confidence. I argue that Lycan’s objection fails for equivocation but that (...)
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  6. David B. Martens (2005). Ruth Garrett Millikan, Varieties of Meaning: The 2002 Jean Nicod Lectures Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 25 (3):198-200.
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  7. David B. Martens (2005). Review of “Confusion: A Study in the Theory of Knowledge”. [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 6 (2):10.
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  8. David B. Martens (2005). Review of “Knowledge and Civilization”. [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 6 (1):21.
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  9. David B. Martens (2004). David E. Cooper, Meaning Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 24 (6):396-397.
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  10. David B. Martens (2004). Propositional Identity and Logical Necessity. Australasian Journal of Logic 2:1-11.
    In two early papers, Max Cresswell constructed two formal logics of propositional identity, pcr and fcr, which he observed to be respectively deductively equivalent to modal logics s4 and s5. Cresswell argued informally that these equivalences respectively “give . . . evidence” for the correctness of s4 and s5 as logics of broadly logical necessity. In this paper, I describe weaker propositional identity logics than pcr that accommodate core intuitions about identity and I argue that Cresswell’s informal arguments do not (...)
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  11. David B. Martens (2002). Elijah Millgram, Ed., Varieties of Practical Reasoning Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (5):345-347.
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  12. David B. Martens (2002). John E. Hare, God's Call: Moral Realism, God's Commands, and Human Autonomy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (3):191-192.
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  13. David B. Martens (2002). New Axiomatizations of Vern. Logica Trianguli 6:21-24.
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  14. David B. Martens (2002). The Nature of Meaningfulness: Representing, Powers, and Meaning Robert K. Shope Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999, Xii + 327 Pp., $65.00, $22.95 Paper. [REVIEW] Dialogue 41 (01):204-.
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  15. David B. Martens (2002). The Nature of Meaningfulness. Dialogue 41 (1):204-205.
     
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  16. David B. Martens (2001). Steve Fuller, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 21 (1):36-39.
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  17. David B. Martens (2001). Timothy Williamson, Knowledge and its Limits Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 21 (3):226-228.
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  18. David B. Martens (2000). Points of View. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (2):488-491.
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  19. David B. Martens (1999). The Philosophy of Roderick M. Chisholm. International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (3):366-368.
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  20. David B. Martens (1998). Roderick M. Chisholm, A Realistic Theory of Categories: An Essay on Ontology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 18 (2):88-89.
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  21. David B. Martens (1997). Russell and Analytic Philosophy A. D. Irvine and G. A. Wedeking, Editors Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press, 1993, Xv + 424 Pp., $115. [REVIEW] Dialogue 36 (02):413-.
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  22. David B. Martens (1994). Demonstratives, Descriptions, and Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (4):947-963.
  23. David B. Martens (1994). Review: Review Essays: Demonstratives, Descriptions, and Knowledge: A Critical Study of Three Recent Books. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (4):947 - 963.
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  24. David B. Martens (1993). Close Enough to Reference. Synthese 95 (3):357 - 377.
    This paper proposes a response to the duplication objection to the descriptive theory of singular mental reference. This objection involves hypothetical cases in each of which there are a pair of qualitatively indistinguishable objects and a thought that apparently refers to only one of the pair, despite the descriptive indistinguishability of the two objects. I identify a concept of reference-likeness or closeness to reference, which is related to the concept of genuine singular reference as the concept of truthlikeness or closeness (...)
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  25. David B. Martens (1993). Frege and Other Philosophers. International Philosophical Quarterly 33 (4):479-480.
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