Professor Wayne Martin

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Professor Wayne Martin
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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 public policy 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 workstream associated with the Wellcome-funded Mental Health and Justiceresearch project. The research will focus on the clinical concept of patient insight and its significance in legal proceedings which impact upon patient autonomy and human rights. 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), is a past General Editor of Inquiryand past Series Editor ofModern European Philosophy, the monograph series published by Cambridge University Press. Current projects include a co-authored clinical paper on deliberative temporality in manic episodes, a paper on the ex-voto retablo tradition in Mexican Folk Art, and a long-simmering book project on the history of self-consciousness.


  • BA Cambridge

  • PhD Berkeley

Research and professional activities

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


Autonomy and the Regulation of Care

Political Philosophy

Will, Agency and Contract

Current research

The Essex Autonomy Project

Mental Health and Justice

Conferences and presentations

2017York University: Fichtes Creuzer Review and the Transformation of the Problem of Free Will

2017Warwick University: Objectivity, Mental Health and Human Rights

2017Aarhus University (Denmark): Luthers Will

2017University of Essex Minicourse: Self-Consciousness: An Alternate History (Three Public Lectures)

2017Wake Forest University (USA): Fake News?: Why is Dan Dennett Telling the Media that he Refuted Bert Dreyfus on AI? (co-authored with Dylan Williams).

2017Sogang University (South Korea): Fichtes Creuzer Review and the Transformation of the Problem of Free Will

2017Knowledge For Use Project (Durham/London School of Economics): Heterogeneous Evidence and the Exercise of Judgment

2017Society for Phenomenology and Analytic Philosophy (Seattle): Transcendental Phenomenology, Human Rights, and the Sharp End of the Law

2017American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division): Four Questions about Fichtes Deductive Strategy: A Reply to Anthony Bruno

2017Kings College London Colloquium in Philosophy and Medicine: Manic Temporality

2017American Society for Existential Philosophy (University of California at Berkeley): Manic Temporality

2016Leiden University Workshop on The Faces of Judgement: The Antinomy of Judgement, Delusion, and Twelve Angry Men

2016Leiden University Practical Philosophy Colloquium: Fichtes Creuzer Review and the Transformation of the Problem of Free Will

2016Sabanci University (Istanbul): These Ridiculous Recent Controversies Concerning Freedom: Fichtes Transformation of the Problem of Free Will (cancelled).

Teaching and supervision

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • Research on German Idealism (PY451)


Journals (25)

Owen, GS., Freyenhagen, F., Martin, W. and David, AS., (2017). Clinical assessment of decision-making capacity in acquired brain injury with personality change. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 27 (1)

Martin, WM., (2017). Human Rights and Human Experience in Eating Disorders. Journal of Psychosocial Studies. 10 (2)

Martin, W., (2017). Obstacles in the assessment of intuitive decision-making capacity. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. 24 (4)

Martin, W., (2015). The MCA Under Scrutiny: Meeting the Challenges of CRPD Compliance. Elder Law Journal. 5 (1)

Owen, GS., Freyenhagen, F., Hotopf, M. and Martin, W., (2015). Temporal inabilities and decision-making capacity in depression. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 14 (1)

Martin, W., (2015). Fichte’s Wild Metaphysical Yarn. Philosophical Topics. 43 (1)

Martin, W., (2013). Antinomies of Autonomy: German Idealism and English Mental Health Law. Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus/International Yearbook of German Idealism. 9 (2011)

Owen, GS., Szmukler, G., Richardson, G., David, AS., Raymont, V., Freyenhagen, F., Martin, W. and Hotopf, M., (2013). Decision-making capacity for treatment in psychiatric and medical in-patients: cross-sectional, comparative study. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 203 (6)

Martin, W. and Hickerson, R., (2013). Mental capacity and the applied phenomenology of judgement. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 12 (1)

Martin, W., Freyenhagen, F., Hall, E., O'Shea, T., Szerletics, A. and Ashley, VL., (2012). An unblinkered view of best interests. BMJ. 345 (dec05)

Martin, W. and Bjørkdahl, K., (2011). Arne Dekke Eide Naess. Inquiry. 54 (1)

Martin, W., (2010). Hegel and the Philosophy of Food. Journal of Moral Philosophy. 7 (2)

Martin, W., (2009). Ought but Cannot. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. 109 (1pt2)

Martin, W., (2009). Review of Frederick Neuhouser, 'Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition'. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Martin, WM., (2008). Transcendental Philosophy and Atheism. European Journal of Philosophy. 16 (1)

Martin, W., (2007). In Defense Of Bad Infinity: A Fichtean Response To Hegel's Differenzschrift. Hegel Bulletin. 28 (1-2)

Martin, WM., (2006). Tales of the Mighty Dead: Historical Essays in the Metaphysics of Intentionality. Philosophical Review. 115 (3)

Martin, W., (2003). The Judgment Stroke and the Truth Predicate: Frege, Heidegger, and the Logical Representation of Judgment. New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy. III

Martin, W., (2003). Nothing More or Less than Logic: General Logic, Transcendental Philosophy, and Kant?s Denunciation of Fichte?s Wissenschaftslehre. Topoi. 22 (1)

Martin, WM., (2001). Claesz in the Window. Inquiry. 44 (4)

Martin, W., (1999). Husserl's Relapse? Concerning a Fregean Challenge to Phenomenology. Inquiry. 42 (3-4)

Martin, W., (1992). Fichte's Anti-Dogmatism. Ratio. 5 (2)

Martin, WM., Fichte's Creuzer Review and the Transformation of the of Free Will Problem. European Journal of Philosophy

Owen, G., Freyenhagen, F. and Martin, WM., Assessing Decision-Making Capacity after Brain Injury: A Phenomenological Approach. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. 25 (1)

Owen, G., Freyenhagen, F. and Martin, WM., Authenticity, Insight and Impaired Decision-Making Capacity in Acquired Brain Injury. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. 25 (1)

Chapters (15)

Martin, WM., (2017). Løgstrup's Unfulfillable Demand. In: What is Ethically Demanded: K.E. Løgstrup’s Philosophy of Moral Life. Editors: Stern, R. and Fink, H., . University of Notre Dame Press. 325- 347. 0268101876. 978-0-268-10185-5

Martin, W., (2016). Fichte's transcendental deduction of private property. In: Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right: A Critical Guide. Editors: Gottlieb, G., . Cambridge University Press

Martin, W., (2016). From Kant to Fichte. In: The Cambridge Companion to Fichte. Editors: James, D. and Zöller, G., . Cambridge University Press

Martin, W., (2015). Fichtes transzendentale Phänomenologie der Tätigkeit : Kommentar zu Fichtes Einleitung in die Sittenlehre. In: Fichte: System der Sittenlehre: ein Kooperativer Kommentar. Editors: Merle, J. and Schmidt, A., . Klostermann. 21- 38. 9783465039129

Martin, WM., (2015). Stoic Transcendentalism and the Doctrine of Oikeiosis. In: The Transcendental Turn. 9780191792403

Martin, W., (2014). Fichte?s Theory of Pragmatic Space. In: Locus-Spatium XIV Colloquio Internazionale (Roma, 3-5 Gennaio 2013). Editors: Veneziani, M. and Giovannozzi, D., . Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e la Storia delle Idee. 9788822263087

Martin, W., (2013). The Dialectic of Judgment and The Vocation of Man. In: Fichte's Vocation of Man - New Interpretive and Critical Essays. Editors: Breazeale, D. and Rockmore, T., . State University of New York Press. 127- 144. 978-1-4384-4765-0

Martin, W., (2013). Theodor Lipps and the Psycho-Logical Theory of Judgement. In: Judgement and Truth in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology. Editors: Textor, M., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9- 35. 978-1-349-44929-3

Martin, W., (2013). The semantics of dasein and the modality of Being and Time. In: The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger's 'Being and Time'. Editors: Wrathall, MA., . Cambridge University Press. 100- 128. 9780521895958

Martin, W., (2011). The Judgment of Adam: Self-Consciousness and Normative Orientation in Lucas Cranach?s Eden. In: Art and Phenomenology. Editors: Parry, J., . Routledge. 105- 137. 0203833945. 9780415774499

Martin, WM., (2010). Fichte's Logical Legacy: Thetic Judgment from the Wissenschaftslehre to Brentano. In: Fichte and the Phenomenological Tradition. 379- 405. 9783110245295

Martin, WM., (2010). Husserl and the Logic of Consciousness. In: Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind. 9780191709951

Martin, WM., (2008). Descartes and the Phenomenological Tradition. In: A Companion to Descartes. 496- 512. 9781405121545

Martin, WM., (2007). Bubbles and Skulls: the Phenomenology of Self-Consciousness in Dutch Still-Life Painting. In: A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism. 559- 584. 1405110775

Martin, WM., Violent States and Existential-Therapeutic Work in Mexican Ex-Voto Painting. In: Violent States and Creative States: From the Global to the Individual. Editors: Adlam, J., Kluttig, T. and Lee, B., . Jessica Kingsley

Books (2)

Martin, WM., (2006). Theories of judgment: Psychology, Logic, phenomenology. 9780511487613

Martin, W., (1997). Idealism and Objectivity: Understanding Fichte's Jena Project. Stanford University Press. 9780804730006

Grants and funding


IAA - SPAH Research - Managed by REO

Economic & Social Research Council

Mental Health and Justice

Wellcome Trust


UK Preparation for the UN CRPD Engagement Process: A Three-Jurisdiction Approach

Arts And Humanities Research Council

UK Preparation for the UN CRPD Engagement Process: A Three-Jurisdiction Approach

Arts And Humanities Research Council


Achieving UNCRPD Compliance

Arts And Humanities Research Council


Fitness to Plead: A Conceptual and Empirical Study

Wellcome Trust


Time & decision-making: a study of fluctuating mental capacity and anticpatory decision-making

Kings College


Contested Autonomy

Arts And Humanities Research Council


Deciding for Oneself: Autonomous Judgement

Arts And Humanities Research Council

A phenmenological study of decision making

Wellcome Trust

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