Bill Martin (born 1956) is a professor of Philosophy at DePaul University is best known for his work on Derrida, Sartre, Marxist theory, Aesthetics, and his critiques of Richard Rorty. Martin has written a few books on the subject of Prog Rock and bands like Yes. He also considers himself a Maoist; however rejects certain dogmatic principles of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. He has certain affinity to the work of the Revolutionary Communisty Party and its chairman, Bob Avakian.
Beyond the relationship there are some major theoretical and philosophical differences as can be seen in the book co-written by both Avakian and Martin, "A Call to the Future," such as the question of the Ethical, the relation of productive forces to our contingency, and the legacy of Christianity. While Avakian has a stricter take on Marxism and the dialectical relationship between Morality and the economic base, Martin argues for a new Kantian re-envisioning of Ethics within Marxism.