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Martinich, A.P. 1946- (Aloysius Martinich, Aloysius Patrick Martinich)

Martinich, A.P. 1946- (Aloysius Martinich, Aloysius Patrick Martinich)


Born June 28, 1946, in Cleveland, OH; son of John Peter and Helen Martinich; married Leslie Denise Price (a software engineering manager), August 25, 1973; children: Carol Ann, John Charles, Mary Elizabeth. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Windsor, B.A. (with first honors), 1969; University of California, San Diego, M.A., 1971, Ph.D., 1973.


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University of Texas at Austin, Austin, assistant professor, 1973-79, associate professor, 1979-85, professor, 1985-99, Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor of Philosophy, 1999—, faculty fellow of the year, 1997-98, 2003-04. Journal of the History of Philosophy, member of board of directors, 1983—, vice president, 1996—.


North American Conference on British Studies, American Philosophical Association.


Woodrow Wilson fellow, 1972-73; grants from National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980 and 1990; Robert Hamilton Book Award, University of Texas, 2000.


(Under name Aloysius Martinich; translator and author of commentary) Thomas Hobbes, Logic, Abaris Books (New York, NY), 1981.

Communication and Reference, de Gruyter (Hawthorne, NY), 1984.

(Editor) The Philosophy of Language, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1985, 5th edition, 2008.

Philosophical Writing: An Introduction, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1989, 3rd edition, Blackwell (Malden, MA), 2005.

(Editor, with Michael J. White) Certainty and Surface in Epistemology and Philosophical Method: Essays in Honor of Avrum Stroll, Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 1991.

The Two Gods of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes on Religion and Politics, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1992.

A Hobbes Dictionary, Blackwell (Malden, MA), 1995.

Thomas Hobbes, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1997.

Hobbes: A Biography, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1999.

(Editor, with David Sosa) Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology, Blackwell (Malden, MA), 2001.

(Editor, with David Sosa) A Companion to Analytic Philosophy, Blackwell (Malden, MA), 2001.

(Editor) Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Broadview Press (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), 2002, abridged edition published as Leviathan. Parts 1 and 2, Broadview Press (Orchard Park, NY), 2005.

(Editor, with Fritz Allhoff and Anand Jayprakash Vaidya) Early Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary, Blackwell (Malden, MA), 2007.

(With Avrum Stroll) Much Ado about Nonexistence: Fiction and Reference, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2007.


A.P. Martinich told CA: "Although I was interested in writing from grammar school, my primary goal in becoming a professor was to teach; but continued teaching required tenure and tenure required, not just writing, but publishing. Many of my books began as notes prepared for students or other teaching material provided to students. Fortunately, my research interests overlapped with my teaching. Once I became an established scholar, editors asked me to write books for specific series. Of the many joys of authorship, a special one is coauthoring works with my dissertation director, Avrum Stroll.

"Although I retain my commitment to helping students and consider teaching my first duty, I have been more successful as an author and enjoy the challenge of being able to solve a conceptual problem and to describe it clearly. In all of my writing, I think about what the audience wants to know, what the audience should want to know, and how I can satisfy these desires without compromising precision."

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