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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Professor Martyn Evans

Associate Member in the Department of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy of Music in the Department of Music
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) (Interim) in the PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47042
Chair of Colleges and Principal of Trevelyan College

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Martyn Evans is Principal of Trevelyan College, and Professor of Philosophy of Music in the Department of Music; he is also an associate member of the Department of Philosophy. He is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. He joined Durham University in July 2002 as Principal of John Snow College, at the Queen's Campus, Stockton, having previously taught at the University of Wales. His doctoral research (University College Cardiff, now Cardiff University) was published as Listening to Music by Macmillan (1990). His research for a long period concerned medical humanities, in the course of which he led the successful bid for a £2m strategic award from the Wellcome Trust (2008-2014), and he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005 and of the Royal College of Physicians (2015). Increasingly however his research returned to music in relation to embodiment and to the sense of wonder. His current research is in the area of music and metaphysics – our understanding of ourselves and our experience, and where music stands in relation to this. In the period 2013-2016 he has been Deputy Head of Colleges (Estates) with responsibilities relating to capital projects for all of the Durham colleges. He is married to Janet Evans, a professional pianist and teacher of piano and woodwind; they have two grown-up sons.

Indicators of Esteem

  • Founding joint Editor, Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities; (BMJ Specialist Journals): 2000-2008
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners: 2005 - present
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians: 2015-present:
  • RCGP Ethics Committee: 2001 - 2007
  • Visiting Professor, University of Otago: 2004 - present
  • Visiting Professor, University of Sydney: 2007 - present
  • Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategy Committee: 2005 - 2008

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Evans, H. M. (2018). Music in body and imagination. In The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body. Kim, Youn & Gilman, Sander Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Burt, T. P. & Evans, H. M. (2016). Building characters, sharpening minds: the values and virtues of the collegiate way. In The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 6: 75-92.
  • Burt, T. P. & Evans, H. M. (2016). Epilogue. In The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 6: 161-165.
  • Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. (2016). Introduction. In The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 6: xi-xvi.
  • Evans, H. M. (2016). Medical Humanities and the Place of Wonder. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, A. & Woods, A. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 339-355.
  • Evans, M. (2013). Open futures, human finitude. In Medical Humanities Companion, Volume 4: Prognosis. Gordon, J., MacNaughton, J. & Rudebeck, C. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 105-120.
  • Evans, M. (2013). Wonderful treatment. In Medical Humanities Companion, Volume 3: Treatment. Louhiala, P., Heath, I. & Saunders, J. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 17-32.
  • Evans, HM & Macnaughton, Jane (2010). Intimacy and distance in the clinical examination. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume 2. Ahlzen R, Evans M, Louhiala P & Puustinen R Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing. 2: 89-107.
  • Gordon JJ & Evans H M (2010). Learning medicine from the humanities. In Understanding Medical Education: evidence, theory and practice. Swanick, T Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 83-98.
  • Evans H M. (2008). Music Interrupted: an illness observed from within. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume One: Symptom. Evans M., Ahlzén R., Heath I. & Macnaughton J. Oxford: Radcliffe. 14-26.
  • Evans, H M (2005). Clinical ethics committees: a personal commentary. In Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Child Healthcare. Cartlidge, P Elsevier.
  • Evans, H. M. (2004). First let's consider your left thumb - an introduction to the philosophy of medicine. In Philosophy for Medicine: applications in a clinical context. Evans, H. M. , Louihala, P. & Puustinen, R. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press. 3-14.
  • Evans, H.M. (2004). Madness, medicine and creativity in Mann's The Magic Mountain. In Madness and Literature. Saunders, C. & Macnaughton, R. J. London: Palgrave. 159-174.
  • Evans, HM (2004). Madness, medicine and creativity in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. In Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture. Saunders, C & Macnaughton, RJ London: Palgrave Macmillan. 159-174.
  • Evans, H. M. (2004). Mix and Match? Conjectures on heterogeneous trial populations. In Delivering Quality in the NHS. Rawlins, M. & Littlejohns. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Evans, H M (2002). A plea for the heart. In Applied Ethics: critical concepts in philosophy. Chadwick, R & Schroeder, D London: Routledge. 275-279.
  • Evans, H M (2002). The concept of the person. In Bioethics in a European Perspective. ten. Have, H & Gjordin, B Dordrecht: Kluwer. 141-155.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Medical humanities for postgraduates:an integrated approach and its implications for teaching. In Medical Humanities: a Practical Introduction. Kirlin, D & Richardson, R London: Royal College of Physicians. 61-72.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Philosophy and the medical humanities. In Medical Humanities. Evans, H M & Finlay, I London: BMJ Books. 250-263.
  • Evans, H M & Potts, M (2000). A narrative case against brain death. In Beyond Brain Death: the Case Against Brain-Based Criteria for Human Death. Potts, M, Byrne, P A & Nilges, R G Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 237-247.
  • Evans, H M (2000). The mind-body question. In Philosophy meets Medicine. Louhiala, P & Stenman, S Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. 105-115.
  • Evans, H M (1998). Learning to see in medical ethics education. In Critical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Evans, H M Conneticut: JAI Press. 99-111.
  • Evans, H M (1998). The utility of the body. In Ownership of the Human Body. ten Have, H A M J & Welie, J M V Dordrecht: Kluwer. 207-226.
  • Evans, H M (1996). Human individuation and moral justification. In Conceiving the Embryo. Evans, H M & Pickering, N The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. 75-85.
  • Evans, H M (1996). The idea of the person. In Philosophical Problems in Health Care. Greaves, D & Upton, H Aldershot: Avebury. 23-25.
  • Evans, H M , Greaves, D, Jarvis, R, Morgan, D & Pickering, N (1995). Bioethics in the United Kingdom and Ireland 1991-1993. In Regional Developments in Bioethics. Lustig, B A, Brody, B A, Engelhardt, H T Jr & McCullough, L B Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 127-152.
  • Evans, H M (1995). Patient-centred approaches to the evaluation of health care: a commentary. In Essential Pracitce in Patient-Centred Care. Fulford, K W M, Ersser, S & Hope, R A Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd. 240-243.
  • Evans, H M (1994). Against brainstem death. In Principals of Healthcare Ethics. Gillon, R & Lloyd, A Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 1041-1051.
  • Evans, H M (1993). Against the definition of brainstem death. In Death Rites. Morgan, D & Lee, R London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1-10.
  • Evans, H M (1993). Dying to help. In Death, Dying and Bereavement. Dickenson, D & Johnson, M London: Sage/Open University. 135-141.

Edited book

Journal Article



  • Evans, H M (1999). Reconciling Conflicting Values in Health Policy. School for Health. London, The Nuffield Trust.

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