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Faculty of Divinity



My research is focused mainly on aesthetics. I am currently interested in the relationship between the sublime and the beautiful within metaphysics, phenomenology, and literary criticism. This would include such questions as the significance of the aesthetic form of philosophical texts, as well as the metaphysics constituted by literary works. My current research addresses the metaphysics and phenomenology of beauty in S. T.  Coleridge's thought. I am also investigating the way that certain ‘boundaries’ are constituted by the sublime and the beautiful within French Phenomenology, particularly with respect to Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Louis Chrétien.


Key publications: 

'Merleau-Ponty: Beauty, Phenomenology, and the "Theological Turn"' in Theory, Culture & Society (published online; print forthcoming) 

'Coleridge: Sublimity or Beauty?' in European Romantic Review 31.1, January 2020 (Taylor & Francis)

'Coleridge's Metaphysics of Beauty' in Religion & Literature 52.2 (University of Notre Dame; forthcoming - 2021)

'Beauty' and 'Sublime' in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. Andrew Louth, 4th ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

'The Eolian Harp: Coleridge's Middle Voice?' in Literature & Theology 34.1, March 2020 (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 


Teaching and Supervisions


I supervise the following papers: A8 (Philosophy of Religion); D2g (Imagination); C11 (Truth, God, and Metaphysics). 

 Blake  Allen
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