UCL Philosophy


Professor Michael Martin

Research Interests

I have never taken a professional interest in the topic of atheism, unlike the late Michael L Martin; nor has my work focused on love, happiness and mental well-being, as has the work of Michael W Martin. Instead I have plodded on through an obsession with some of the oldest and worst arguments that the history of Western Philosophy has known: the arguments from illusion and hallucination.

Among my recent research interests have been a concern with appearances and depiction, see for example, ‘Sounds and Images’, British Journal for Aesthetics, 2012; the psychological theories of David Hume (for example, see ‘In Praise of Self’, European Journal of Analytic Philosophy) and aspects of early analytic philosophy, in particular the work of Bertrand Russell and GE Moore: ‘Old Acquaintance’, Analytic Philosophy, 2015, ‘Moore’s Dilemma’, in Phenomenal Qualities, Paul Coates and Sam Coleman, edd., (Clarendon Press, 2015).


I’m normally in California for the Autumn term. When in London, I often teach at an undergraduate level a course on Hume’s Treatise. In the past, I’ve given lectures in logic, in metaphysics, in epistemology, and in the philosophy of language, and more specifically on the topics of existence, knowledge, perception, memory, and sensation. I’ve taught advanced graduate courses in the philosophy of mind, and, together with Christopher Peacocke, philosophy of language.

In recent years I’ve given research seminars on sensation and attention (with Ian Phillips), on time and tense, and on the metaphysics of experience.

IRIS Researcher Profile

Prof Michael Martin



Dept of Philosophy, UCL Gower St
19 Gordon Square


  • Professor of Philosophy
    Dept of Philosophy
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Award year Qualification Institution
1992 DPhil
Doctor of Philosophy
Christ Church Oxford
1987 BPhil
Bachelor of Philosophy
University of Oxford
1985 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
University of Oxford
I started out as a student of Classics, but ended my undergraduate days with a BA in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Oxford. I went on to take a BPhil and then a DPhil there, writing on the contents of experience.

I joined UCL in 1992 and have stayed put ever since.