Keith Malcolm Allen

Keith Malcolm Allen


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I work primarily on colour, perception, early modern philosophy and phenomenology.


After studying at Cambridge and University College London, I started at York in 2007. One main focus of my research is the philosophy of colour. In a Naïve Realist Theory of Colour (Oxford University Press, 2016) I defend a naïve realist (or ‘primitivist’) theory of colour, according to which colours are mind-independent properties of objects that are distinct from those described by science. My work on colour is part of a wider interest in the philosophy of perception. I also work on related questions in the history of philosophy, including theories of ideas in the early modern period and the work of the phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty.

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