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Ben Martin

Postdoctoral fellow, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
  • E-mailBenjamin.Martin@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 89 21
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplass 12-13
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 BERGEN

I currently serve as the Principal Investigator for the European Research Council funded project The Unknown Science: Understanding the Epistemology of Logic through Practice (2018-20), which brings together my two broad areas of research expertise, solutions to the self-referential paradoxes and logical epistemology.

Much of my early work was on dialetheism, the thesis that some contradictions are true, which is a prominent solution to the self-referential paradoxes. In my published work I have highlighted both the strengths of dialetheism and some of the weaknesses that theory suffers in comparison to competing solutions.

In my current project I am working on a theory of logical epistemology based upon case studies from the history of logic. Particularly, I argue that historical views of logical knowledge which claim that we come to recognise logical truths through direct appeals to intuitions or definitions are wrong because they cannot make sense of important historical logical disagreements and arguments. Instead, I argue for a position called logical abductivism, which proposes that logical theories are justified holistically by their ability to solve puzzles and accommodate mathematical results.

Journal articles
  • Martin, Benjamin Joseph Lewis. 2019. Searching for Deep Disagreement in Logic: The Case of Dialetheism. Topoi. 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s11245-019-09639-4
  • Martin, Benjamin Joseph Lewis. 2018. In Defence of Dialetheism: A reply to Beziau and Tkaczyk. Logic and Logical Philosophy. 27: 205-233. doi: 10.12775/LLP.2017.030
Book sections
  • Martin, Benjamin Joseph Lewis. 2018. Absorbing Reality into Fiction: The Challenge of Reading Fiction with Reality in Mind. Chapter, pages 75-96. In:
    • Stalmaszczyk, Piotr. 2018. Objects of Inquiry in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. Peter Lang Publishing Group. 229 pages. ISBN: 978-3-631-75868-7.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

The Unknown Science: Understanding the Epistemology of Logic through Practice (2018-20)

- supported by a ERC grant