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Professor Wayne Martin

Position in departmentProfessor
Staff positionDirector of Essex Autonomy Project
Telephone01206 873405
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Wayne Martin studied philosophy both in the UK and in the USA and taught for twelve years at the University of California, San Diego, before coming to Essex in 2005. He is the Director of The Essex Autonomy Project, a research and knowledge-exchange initiative which aims to clarify the ideal of self-determination, with particular attention to the vocations of care (healthcare, eldercare, psychiatric care, etc.).  He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team that is providing technical research support to UK government bodies in preparation for the upcoming UN review of UK compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Martin's philosophical interests are diverse.  He has worked extensively on philosophical issues from the post-Kantian idealist tradition and phenomenology; he has published one book of Fichte and another on the phenomenology of judgement, and has published articles on the history of symbolic logic, Dutch Still Life painting, Stoicism, deontic logic and the paintings of Lucas Cranach the Elder.  He was the founding Head of the School of Philosophy and Art History (2010-2013), and currently serves as Series Editor of Modern European Philosophy, the monograph series published by Cambridge University Press.   Current projects include a co-authored clinical paper on deliberative temporality in manic episodes, and a paper on the ex-voto retablo tradition in Mexican Folk Art.

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BA Cambridge, PhD Berkeley

Current research

Martin is currently working on a monograph growing out of the Essex Autonomy Project.  The working title is The Patient Agent:  Autonomy and the Regulation of Care.

Research interests
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Phenomenology (esp. Hume, Husserl, Heidegger, Th. Lipps, Løgstrup)
  • Kant and post-Kantian idealism  (esp. Fichte)
  • The history and philosophy of logic 
  • Philosophy and painting 
  • Self-Consciousness
  • Autonomy and the Regulation of Care
  • Political Philosophy (esp. controversies about the legitimacy of private property)



Theories of Judgment: Psychology, Logic, Phenomenology (Cambridge UP, 2005)

Idealism and Objectivity: Understanding Fichte's Jena Project (Stanford UP, 1997)

Research Articles

“Fichte’s Transcendental Deduction of Private Property” in Gottlieb (ed.), Fichte’s ‘Foundations of Natural Right’: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). 

“Løgstrup’s Unfulfillable Demand,” in Fink and Stern (eds)., What is Ethically Demanded?  Essays on Knud Ejler Løgstrup’s ‘The Ethical Demand’  (South Bend, Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming).  

with Gareth Owen, Fabian Freyenhagen and Matthew Hotopf, “Assessing Decision-Making Capacity after Brain Injury:  A Phenomenological Approach,” forthcoming in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology

 “Fichtes Transzendentale Phenomenologie der Wirksamkeit”; in J.-Ch. Merle and A. Schmidt (eds.), Fichte: System der Sittenlehre: ein Kooperativer Kommentar; (Frankfurt: Klostermann, 2015), 21-38.

with Gareth Owen, Fabian Freyenhagen and Anthony David, “Clinical Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity in Acquired Brain Injury with Personality Change,” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation; DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2015.1053948.

“Stoic Transcendentalism and the Doctrine of Oikeiosis”; in Gardner and Grist (eds.) The Transcendental Turn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 342-368.

“Fichte’s Theory of Pragmatic Space,” in Giovannozzi and Veneziani (eds.) Locus-Spatium (Firenze:  Olschki Editore, 2014), 581-597.

with Gareth Owen, Fabian Freyenhagen and Matthew Hotopf, “Temporal Inabilities and Decision-Making Capacity in Depression,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences;  early online; DOI: 10.1007/s11097-013-9327-x.

with Gareth Owen, Fabian Freyenhagen, Matthew Hotopf, Anthony David, Vanessa Raymont and Genevra Richardson, “Decision-Making Abilities and Decision-Making Capacity in Psychiatric and Medical Inpatients: A Cross Sectional, Comparative Study”; British Journal of Psychiatry; early online, 10.1192/bjp.bp.112.123976.

with Fabian Freyenhagen, Elizabeth Hall, Tom O’Shea, Antal Szerletics, Vivienne Ashley “An Unblinkered View of Best Interests”; British Medical Journal 2012;345:e8007. (Lead Author). 

“The Dialectic of Judgement and the Vocation of Man”, in Breazeale and Rockmore (eds.), Fichte’s Vocation of Man: New Critical and Interpretative Essays (Albany, NY:  State University of New York Press, 2013), 127-144.

with Ryan Hickerson, “Mental Capacity and Applied Phenomenology of Judgement”; Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12:1 (2013), 195-214; DOI:  10.1007/s11097-011-9242-y.

 “Stoic Transcendentalism and the Doctrine of Oikeiosis”; forthcoming in Gardner (ed.) The Transcendental Turn (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

“The Semantics of ‘Dasein’ and the Modality of Being and Time”; in Wrathall (ed.)  The Cambridge Companion to Being and Time (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 100-128.

“Theodor Lipps and the Psycho-Logical Theory of Judgement”; in Textor (ed.) Judgement and Truth in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology (London:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 9-35.  

“Antinomies of Autonomy:  German Idealism and English Mental Health Law”; International Yearbook or German Idealism / Internationales Jahrbuch des deutschen Idealismus 9 (2011), 191-213.  DOI: 10.1515/9783110283747.191

 “The Judgment of Adam:  Self-Consciousness and Normative Orientation in Lucas Cranach’s Eden”; in J. Parry (ed.) Art and Phenomenology (New York: Routledge, 2010), 105-137.

“Fichte’s Logical Legacy:  Thetic Judgment from the Wissenschaftslehre to Brentano”; in V. Waibel, et. al. (eds.), Fichte and the Phenomenological Tradition (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010), 379-405.

“Ought but Cannot”; Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (2009), 103-128.

 “Transcendental Philosophy and Atheism”; European Journal of Philosophy 16:1 (2008), 109-130.

 “In Defense of Bad Infinity”; Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 55/56 (2007), 168-187.

 “Descartes and the Phenomenological Tradition”; in J. Broughton and J. Carriero (ed.) A Companion to Descartes (Oxford:  Blackwell, 2007), 496-512.

“Fichtes Transzendentale Phenomenologie der Wirksamkeit”; forthcoming in J.-Ch. Merle and A. Schmidt (eds.), Fichte: System der Sittenlehre; (Berlin: Akademie, 2015).

“Bubbles and Skulls:  The Phenomenological Structure of Self-Consciousness in 17th Century Dutch Still Life Painting”; in Dreyfus and Wrathall (eds.) A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism (Oxford:  Blackwell, 2006), 559-584.

 “Husserl and the Logic of Consciousness”; in D.W. Smith and A. Thomasson (eds.) Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), 203-221.

“The Judgment Stroke and the Truth Predicate:  Frege, Heidegger, and the Logical Representation of Judgment”; New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, Vol. III (2003), 27-52.

“Nothing More or Less than Logic:  General Logic, Transcendental Philosophy, and Kant’s Denunciation of Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre”; Topoi 22:1 (2003), 29-39.

"Husserl's Relapse? (Concerning a Fregean Challenge to Phenomenology)”; Inquiry 42:3-4 (1999); 343-370.

“Zu den Zielen von Fichtes Jenaer Wissenschaftslehre”; Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 44:3 (1996); 409-428.

“From Kant to Fichte”; forthcoming in G. Zöller (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Fichte (Cambridge University Press); Chinese translation by Jin Yunfeng, forthcoming.

“Fichte’s Anti-Dogmatism”; Ratio 5:2 (1992); pp. 129-46.

Technical Report

with Sabine Michalowski, Timo Jütten and Matthew Burch, Achieving UNCRPD Compliance, report submitted to the UK Ministry of Justice, 22 Sept., 2012



2015 Hebrew University of Jerusalem:  “Self-Positing and Gambit Normativity”

2015 International Congress on Bioethics (Barcelona); Philosophy and Mental Health

2015 University of Sussex Graduate Conference:  “The Work of Confession and the Work of Art (with reference to a stolen ex-voto retablo)”

2015 University of Essex International Graduate Conference:  “The Antinomy of Judgement, Delusion, and Twelve Angry Men”

2015 Lyon University (France):  “The CRPD in France”

2015 Court of Protection Practitioners Association (Leeds): “Reforming the Best-Interest Framework:  Lessons from Three UK Jurisdictions.”

2015 British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers:  “Managing Brain Injury in Compliance with the CRPD.”

2015 Public Guardianship Four Jurisdictions Conference (Edinburgh):  “Compliance with the CRPD: Challenges and Opportunities”

2014 Court of Protection Practitioners Association (Manchester):  “Is the MCA Compliant with the CRPD (and if not, what next?)”

2014 University of Frankfurt, “The Antinomy of Judgement, Delusion, and Twelve Angry Men”

2014 Oxford University, Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar:  “Fichte’s Transcendental Deduction of Private Property” 

2014 New York German Idealism Workshop:  “Fichte’s Transcendental Deduction of Private Property”

2014 School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex:  “Shared Decision-Making and Distributed Mental Capacity”

2014 Sabanci University (Turkey), “The Phenomenology of Decision-Making under Conditions of Psychiatric Disorder”.

2014 University of New Mexico, “The Phenomenology of Decision-Making under Conditions of Psychiatric Disorder”

2013 Essex Human Rights Centre:  “E & L and Wilgefortis:  Autonomy and Mental Capacity at the End of Life”

2013 Oxford University, Symposium on A.W. Moore’s Making Sense of Things:  “Fichte’s Wild Metaphysical Yarn”

2013 The University of Amsterdam:  “Phenomenology and the Experience of Refusal in Anorexia Nervosa”

2013 British Society for the History of Philosophy (York):  “The Semantics of ‘Dasein’ and the Modality of Being and Time”

2013 Society for Existential Philosophy (Berkeley): “Hyperautonomy 1:  “Assessing Autonomy and Capacity in Anorexia Nervosa”

2013 University College London (Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre):  “Autonomy, Distributed Capacity and Consent”

2013 Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e la Storia delle Idee (Rome): “Pragmatic Space”

2012 Oxford University, Moral Philosophy Seminar:  “Antinomies of Autonomy”

2012 Peking University (Beijing University), Beijing, China:  “Antinomies of Autonomy”

2012 Jilin University, Changchun, China:  Fichte’s Jena Project (ten lectures)

2012 Avalon Ward (NHS):  “Mental Capacity, Value Neutrality and the Challenge of Hyperautonomy”

2012 Centre for Excellence in Philosophy (Bucharest):  “Ubi inletabilitas ibi virtus”

2012 University of Hertfordshire: “Antinomies of Autonomy,” “Ubi inletabilitas ibi virtus” (two lectures)

2012 Forum for European Philosophy (Oxford):  “Ubi inletabilitas ibi virtus”

2012 UCD/Trinity College Postgraduate Conference, keynote speaker: “Antinomies of Autonomy”

2012 University College, Dublin, “Infinite Moral Demands and the Problem of Moral Despair”

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