Martha Brandt Bolton

Selected Publications


  • ‘Substances, Substrata and Names of Substances in Locke's Essay’, Philosophical Review 85 (1976), pp. 488-513
    Reprinted in John Locke: Critical Assessments, ed. Richard Ashcraft (Routledge, 1991);   Essays on Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Vere Chappell (Garland, 1991-2), 12 vols; John Locke--Theory of Knowledge (v. 8); Locke: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Oxford Readings in History of Philosophy, ed. Vere Chappell (Oxford, 1998)
  • ‘The Origins of Locke's Doctrine of Primary and Secondary Qualities’, Philosophical Quarterly 87 (1976), pp. 305-18.
    Reprinted in John Locke: Critical Assessments, ed. Richard Ashcraft (Routledge, 1991)
  • ‘Leibniz and Hobbes on Arbitrary Truth’, Philosophy Research Archives 3 (1977), pp. 1-50
  • ‘A Defense of Locke and the Representative Theory of Perception’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 5 (1978), pp. 101-18
  • ‘Responsible Women and Abortion Decisions’, in Having Children: Philosophical and Legal Reflections on Parenthood, ed. Onora O'Neill and William Ruddick (Oxford, 1979), pp. 40-51.
    Reprinted in Moral Problems in Medicine, ed. Ruth Macklin (Prentice Hall, 1983); in Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics, ed. Ronald Munson (Walworth, 1988)
  • 'Locke and Pyrrhonism: The Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities", in The Skeptical Tradition, ed. Myles Burnyeat (University of California Press, 1983), pp. 353-73.
    Reprinted in Essays on Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Vere Chappell (Garland, 1991 2), 12 vols, John Locke--Theory of Knowledge (v. 8)
  • ‘Spinoza on Cartesian Doubt’, Nous 19 (1985), pp. 379-95
  • ‘Confused and Obscure Ideas of Sense’ in Descartes' Meditations, ed. Amélie Rorty (University of California Press, 1985), pp. 389-403.
    Reprinted in Essays on Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Vere Chappell (Garland, 1991-2), 12 vols, Rene Descartes (v. 1)
  • ‘Berkeley's Objection to Abstract Ideas and Unconcealed Objects’ in Essays on the Philosophy of George Berkeley, ed. Ernest Sosa (Reidel, 1986), pp. 61-81.
    Reprinted in Berkeley on Abstraction and Abstract Ideas, ed. Willis Doney (Garland, 1988)
  • ‘Locke on Substance Ideas and the Determination of Kinds; a Reply to Mattern’, Locke Newsletter 19 (1988), pp. 17-45
  • ‘Leibniz and Locke on the Knowledge of Necessary Truths’ in Central Themes in Early Modern Philosophy: Essays Presented to Jonathan Bennett, ed. J. A. Cover and Mark Kulstad (Hackett, 1990), pp. 195-226
  • ‘The Epistemological Status of Ideas: Locke compared to Arnauld’, History of Philosophy Quarterly 9 (1992), pp. 409-24
    Reprinted in John Locke: Critical Assessments, ed. Peter Anstey (Routledge, expected 2006).
  • ‘The Idea-Theoretic Basis of Locke's Anti-essentialist Doctrine of Nominal Essence’ in Minds, Ideas, and Objects: Theories of Representation in Early Modern Philosophy, eds. Philip Cummins and Guenter Zoeller (Ridgefield, 1992), pp. 85-95
    Reprinted as "The Relevance of Locke's Theory of Ideas to his Doctrine of Nominal Essence and Anti-Essentialist Semantic Theory" in Locke: Metaphysics and Knowledge, Oxford Readings in History of Philosophy, ed. Vere Chappell (Oxford, 1998)
  • ‘Some Aspects of the Philosophy of Catharine Trotter’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1993), pp. 565-88
    Reprinted in Hypatia's Daughters, ed. Linda Lopez McAlister (Indiana University Press, 1996)
  • ‘Locke on Identity : the Scheme of Simple and Compounded Things’ in Identity and Individuation in Early Modern Philosophy, eds. Kenneth Barber and Jorge Gracie (SUNY Press, 1994), pp. 103-31
  • ‘The Real Molyneux Question and the Basis of Locke's Answer’ in Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context, ed. G. A. J. Rogers (Oxford, 1994), pp. 75-99
  • ‘Locke’ and ‘Ideas’, Companion to Metaphysics, eds. Jaegwon Kim and Ernest Sosa (Blackwell, 1995), pp. 274-8 and 225-7
  • ‘The Nominalist Argument of the New Essays’, Leibniz Review 3 (1996), pp. 1-24
  • ‘Universals, Abstractions, and Essences of Kinds’, Cambridge History of Seventeenth Century Philosophy, eds. Michael Ayers and Daniel Garber (Cambridge, 1997), 2 vols, v. 1, pp. 179-212
  • ‘Locke, Leibniz and the Logic of Mechanism’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (1998), pp. 189-211
  • ‘El mecanicismo del siglo XVII y las potencias causales: que es lo incorrecto en el caso de la virtud dormativa’ in Materia, espacio y tiempo: de la filosofia natural a la fisica, ed. Laura Benitez and Jose Antonio Robles (Mexico, D.F.: UNAM, 1999), pp. 55-71
  • ‘John Locke’ in Blackwell Guide to Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Nietzsche, ed. Steven Emmanuel (Blackwell, 2000)
  • ‘Sensible Qualities and Sufficient Reason’ in Nihil Sine Ratione, VII. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress, ed. Hans Posner (Berlin: Berlin-Mitte, 2001), I, pp. 139-47.
  • ‘La obra de Margaret Wilson’ in Homenaje a Margaret Wilson, ed. Laura Benitez and Jose Antonio Robles (Mexico, D.F.: UNAM, 2002), pp. 33-54.
  • ‘Locke on Sensible Representation’ in Perception and Reality: from Descartes to the Present, ed. Ralph Schumacher (Paderborn: Mentis, 2003), pp. 146-67.
  • ‘Locke on the Semantic and Epistemic Role of Simple Ideas of Sensation’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2004), pp. 301-21.
  • ‘Leibniz to Arnauld: Aristotelian and Platonic Themes on Matter and Corporeal Substance’ in Leibniz and His Correspondents, ed. Paul Lodge (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 97-122.
  • ‘Leibniz and the Limits of Perception’, Einheit in der Vielheit: Proceedings of VIII. International Leibniz-Kongress, ed. Hans Posner (Berlin: 2006).
  • ‘The Taxonomy of Ideas in Locke's Essay’ in Cambridge Companion to Locke's Essay, ed. Lex Newman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 67-100.
  • ‘Leibniz’s Nouveaux Essais: a Contest by Dialogue’, in Leibniz and the English Speaking World, ed. Pauline Phemister and Stuart Brown (Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2007), pp. 11-132.
  • ‘Berkeley and Mental Representation: Why Not a Lockean Theory of Ideas?’ in New Interpretations of Berkeley’s Philosophy, ed. Stephen H. Daniel (Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2008), pp. 79-108.
  • ‘Locke on Rational Virtue and Moral Law’ in Early Modern Metaphysics: Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell, eds. David Owen, Gideon Yaffe, and Paul Hoffman (Peterborough, CA: Broadview Press, 2008), pp. 253-72.
  • ‘Locke and Leibniz on the Structure of Substance and Powers: the Metaphysics of Moral Subjects’, Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries, and Legacy, eds. Sarah Hutton and Paul Shurman (Dordrecht: Springer-Kluwer, 2008), pp. 107-126.
  • ‘Causality and Causal Induction: The Necessitarian Theory of Lady Mary Shepherd’ in Causation and Modern Philosophy, eds. Keith Allen and Tom Stoneham, (Routledge, 2010), 242-62.
  • ‘Primary and Secondary Qualities in the Phenomenalist Theory of Leibniz’ in Primary and Secondary Qualities: the Historical and Ongoing Debate, Larry Nolan, ed, (Oxford University Press, 2010), 190-215.
  • ‘Vertu rationelle et loi morale dans l’ethique de Locke, avec quelques réflections sur les Nouveaux Essais de Leibniz’ in Locke et Leibniz: deux styles de rationalité, eds. Martine de Gaudmer and Phillipe Hamou, (Olms, 2010), 152-87.
  • ‘Belief and Its Objects in Berkeley’s System’ in Berkeley’s Lasting Legacy: 300 Years Later, eds. T. Airaksinen and B. Belfrage (Cambridge Scholars, 2011), 251-72.
  • ‘Leibniz’s Theory of Cognition’ in Companion to Leibniz, ed. Brandon Look (London: Continuum International, 2011), 136-58.
  • ‘Metaphysics and Psychology in Leibniz’s Theory of Ideas’ in Natur und Subjekt: IX. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress, vol 4, ed. H. Breger, J. Herbst and S. Erdner (Hannover: Druckerei Hatmann, 2011).
  • ‘Lady Mary Shepherd and David Hume on Cause and Effect’ in Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought, eds. Eileen O’Neill and Marcy Lascano, (Springer, forthcoming 2012)
  • ‘Thinking: the Nature of Descartes’ Mental Substance’ in Descartes' Meditations: A Critical Guide, ed. Karen Detflesen (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Locke on Super-Addition’, in Blackwell Companion to Locke, ed. Matthew Stuart, (Blackwell Publisher, forthcoming)
  • ‘Berkeley on the Language of Vision and the Rules of Visual Signification’ in collection honoring Tom Lennon, ed. Patricia Eastland (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Kant’s Amphiboly as Critique of Leibniz’, in Leibniz and Kant, ed. Brandon Look (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Change in the Monad’ in The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature, ed. Eric Watson (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)