Dr Matthew Burch

School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Matthew Burch
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    +44 (0) 1206 872708

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    6.145, Colchester Campus



Matt Burch completed a PhD in philosophy at Rice University in 2009, spent a posdoctoral year at Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, and taught at the University of Arkansas for five years before coming to Essex in 2013. Since that time, he has worked on several projects with the Essex Autonomy Project (EAP), including an AHRC-funded project on the compliance of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Wellcome Trust-funded Mental Health and Justice project. Soon (September 2018) he will embark on his own Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Independent Social Research Foundation. That project will also be associated with the EAP.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Matt works on issues at the intersection of phenomenology

action theory

and research in the cognitive and social sciences.

Current research

The stance of objectivity in legal contexts

the question of risk in the care professions

the quintessentially human failure to act on one's better judgment

Teaching and supervision

  • Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture (CS101)

  • Texts in the Philosophy of Religion (PY435)

  • Dissertation: Continental Philosophy (PY981)

  • Dissertation: Critical Social Theory (PY983)

  • Dissertation: MA Philosophy (PY984)

  • Dissertation: Philosophy and Art History (PY985)


Journals (6)

Burch, M., (2016). Autonomy, Respect, and The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Crisis. Journal of Applied Philosophy

Burch, M., (2016). Religion and scientism: a shared cognitive conundrum. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

Burch, M., (2013). The Existential Sources of Phenomenology: Heidegger on Formal Indication. European Journal of Philosophy. 21 (2)

Burch, M., (2010). Blurred vision: Marion on the ?possibility? of revelation. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 67 (3)

Burch, M., (2010). Death and Deliberation: Overcoming the Decisionism Critique of Heidegger's Practical Philosophy. Inquiry. 53 (3)

Wood, RE. and Burch, M., (2009). The Twinkling of an Eye - Kierkegaard and Heidegger on the Possibility of Faith. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. 83 (2)

Chapters (1)

Burch, MI., The Phenomenology of Agential Breakdown. In: Normativity, Meaning, and the Promise of Phenomenology. Editors: Burch, MI., McMullin, SI. and Marsh, J., . Routledge

Grants and funding


The Theory of Risk and the Practice of Care: Bridging the Gap



Mental Health and Justice

Wellcome Trust

+44 (0) 1206 872708


6.145, Colchester Campus