Dr Matthew Burch

School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Matthew Burch
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    6.145, Colchester Campus



Matt Burch took his PhD in philosophy at Rice University and spent a postdoctoral year at the University of Wuppertal. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of phenomenology and the cognitive and social sciences. And his current research projects focus on failures of agency (e.g., akrasia and addiction), the phenomenology of risk, and the ideal of objectivity in science and law. 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. In September 2018, he will embark on his Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Independent Social Research Foundation. That project – ‘The Theory of Risk and the Practice of Care: Bridging the Gap” – is also 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


Journal articles (7)

Burch, MI., (2018). Making Sense of Akrasia. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1-33

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), 258-278

Burch, M., (2010). Blurred vision: Marion on the ?possibility? of revelation. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 67 (3), 157-171

Burch, M., (2010). Death and Deliberation: Overcoming the Decisionism Critique of Heidegger's Practical Philosophy. Inquiry. 53 (3), 211-234

Burch, M., (2009). The Twinkling of an Eye - Kierkegaard and Heidegger on the Possibility of Faith. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. 83 (2), 219-238

Book chapters (1)

Burch, MI., Expressive Control: Heidegger on What Makes Action Properly Agential. In: Transcending Reason. Editors: Burch, M., McMullin, I. and Marsh, J., . Roman & Littlefield

Grants and funding


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

Independent Social Research Foundation


Mental Health and Justice

Wellcome Trust

+44 (0) 1206 872708


6.145, Colchester Campus