Research cluster

Medical Humanities

New directions in the medical humanities

This research cluster continues to shape fast-moving interdisciplinary research in the medical humanities, both locally and internationally.

Our contributions include high-impact interventions on debates around autonomy, disability and mental health; insight, objectivity and the management of risk; and experiences of powerlessness in contexts of chronic illness, end-of-life care, addiction and moral distress.

Through this cluster, we have forged multiple partnerships across disciplines, including Law, Sociology, and Health and Social Care; and with non-academic stakeholders, from local hospices to the UK Ministry of Justice, the Judicial College and the Council of Europe. Our work in the medical humanities contributes to the wider Faculty of Humanities research in Health and Medical Humanities.

Learn more about our members research and interests through their staff profiles. You can also contact members of staff for information on research supervision opportunities.

Our members

Beatrice Han-Pile
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Agency, medio-passivity and the theological virtues; Foucault and XXth century philosophy, in particular phenomenology
Fabian Freyenhagen
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Theory, history and practice of autonomy; Frankfurt School (especially Adorno); Ethics (particularly Kants and Kantian ethics); Political Philosophy
Wayne Martin
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Philosophy of Psychiatry; Phenomenology (esp Hume, Husserl, Heidegger, Th Lipps, L&oslashgstrup); 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; Will, Agency and Contract
Matthew Burch
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Matt works on issues at the intersection of phenomenology; action theory; and research in the cognitive and social sciences.
Irene McMullin
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
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Daniel Watts
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Kierkegaard; Wittgenstein; The theory of judgement; Medical Humanities; Existentialism and phenomenology; Moral and political philosophy and; Philosophy of religion
Timo Jütten
Head of School - Professor (R), School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Critical Social Theory (Adorno, Habermas, Honneth); Feminism (especially sexual objectification, prostitution, pornography); Philosophical foundations of human rights (the relationship between human dignity and human rights, mental capacity and human rights, human rights and Big Data); The moral status of Capitalism and Markets
Marie Guillot
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; epistemology; philosophy of psychology
Joerg Schaub
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Social and Political Philosophy (focus on contemporary theories and 19th century German authors); Frankfurt School and Contemporary Critical Theory; Aesthetics and Politics
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