About me

Martín Abreu Zavaleta I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Umeå University. I graduated from NYU in 2018, where I was one of the organizers of the New York Philosophy of Language Workshop. I am also a member of the APA Committee on Hispanics, and the editor of PhilPapers' category on speech reports. I specialize in philosophy of language, and I am interested in the points where it intersects with philosophy of mind, semantics, and developmental psychology. I am also a big fan of Thomas Reid.

My main research focuses on the consequences of the thesis I call semantic variance and develops new accounts of communication, disagreement, attitude ascriptions, and linguistic competence. If you are intrigued, email me at: martin.abreu@umu.se

My full last name is "Abreu Zavaleta". Kindly cite my work accordingly— i.e. as "Abreu Zavaleta, Martín"



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BlindIt, an anonymizing script

I used to ask my students to anonymize their papers by naming their file with just their university ID numbers. Unfortunately, at some point I started to accidentally memorize the ID numbers, which defeated the point of anonymizing the papers in the first place. That's when I wrote blindIt.

BlindIt is a bash script. It takes all the files in a given folder and renames them with arbitrary numbers. Once the grading is done, you can run blindIt again to assign each file its original name. You can download blindIt here and consult the instructions for usage and installation here.

For the time being, blindIt runs only on Linux and Mac, but I suspect it can be run on Windows using this. If you're using OS X El Capitan or newer, you may have problems with the installation script. I'll fix those problems if there is interest.

A cat

I don't own the rights for this photo, so let me know if you know whom I should credit.

A cat