Aloysius Martinich

Aloysius P. Martinich
Residence Texas
Nationality Canadian
Other names A.P. Martinich
Education B.A. Hons 1969 (U. Windsor)
M.A. 1971 (UCSD)
Ph.D. 1973 (UCSD)
Alma mater University of Windsor
UC San Diego
Notable work The Philosophy of Language (Oxford University Press)
Spouse(s) Leslie Martinich
Era Contemporary
Region Western
School Analytic Philosophy
Institutions University of Texas at Austin
Main interests
Philosophy of Language, Thomas Hobbes,

Aloysius Patrick Martinich (born June 28, 1946) is an American analytic philosopher and is the Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Professor History at University of Texas at Austin.[1][2] His area of interest is the nature and practice of interpretation; history of modern philosophy; the philosophy of language and religion and the history of political thought. He is considered a foremost authority on Thomas Hobbes.


Aloysius P. Martinich was born June 28, 1946 in Euclid General Hospital, Euclid, Ohio. He attended Catholic schools in the Cleveland area and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1964. He graduated from the University of Windsor, Ontario in 1969 with a B.A. (First Honours), with a major in Honours Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in December, 1972, with a dissertation, Reference and the Axiom of Existence, under the direction of Avrum Stroll. Later, he and Stroll co-authored the major article, “Epistemology,” in the Encyclopædia Britannica and the book, Much Ado about Non-Existence.

He became assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1973, and eventually became Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy. He is also professor of History and Professor of Government, through courtesy appointments. He has lectured at many universities in the United States, Europe, and China.

He has specialized in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. His book, The Philosophy of Language, has been the standard textbook in that subject since its first publication in 1985. For the sixth edition, he asked David Sosa to be his co-editor. The fourth edition of his book, Philosophical Writing is underway.

His book, The Two Gods of Leviathan (1992), argued for two main theses: that Hobbes was trying to reconcile traditional Christian doctrine with the new science of Copernicus and Galileo and that properly understood Christianity is not politically destabilizing. His biography Hobbes, which won the Robert W. Hamilton Prize, in 2000 is currently the standard one. He is the author or editor of many other books, and many articles.

He married Leslie Price in 1973. He has four children and many grandchildren.




  1. A.P. Martinich, ed. (2001). A companion to analytic philosophy. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell. pp. iv–x. ISBN 0-631-21415-1.
  2. Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .

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