BA, Furman University
MA, University of South Carolina
PhD, University of Kansas
Bill Martin is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University,
Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, where he
worked on continental philosophy, analytic philosophy, and social and
political philosophy, and also on literary theory in the Departments of
English and French. Bill wrote his dissertation with Gary Shapiro, on
Derrida's philosophy in relation to social theory. This became Bills
first book, Matrix and line (SUNY, 1992). He has now published nine
books, most recently Ethical Marxism: the categorical imperative of liberation (Open
Court, 2008). Until recently, much of his work has been motivated by
an ongoing conversation between Kantian and Marxist themes. More
recently, thinking through the trajectory of French Marxism in light of
the ideas of Alain Badiou, Bill has been working on a post-Maoist
synthesis of the communist idea, as well as on Buddhist thought
(sometimes in connection with this synthesis). Bill continues to engage
with themes and figures in analytic philosophy, including Wittgenstein,
the Vienna Circle, Quine, and especially Donald Davidson.
has also written extensively on creative currents in rock music, and to a
lesser extent in jazz and Western classical music. He is a musician
himself, having played the bass guitar for more than forty five years, as
well as writing music. Among Bill's current projects are a short book
on humor and philosophy, "Being Funny: Ontology is a Queer Subject"
and a large collection of essays, bringing together his work on French
Marxism, from Sartre to Badiou, and including Althusser, the
Situationists, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, and others.
In addition to his vocations as a writer and musician, Bill is an avid bicyclist and chess player.