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Blake Allen

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

A Philosophical Poetics of Beauty

Research Interests

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.


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

Other Professional Activities


"Coleridge, Beauty and the Middle Voice." D Society, Cambridge, November 2019.

"The Symbolism of Small Lights in Coleridge."  Arts & Theology Colloquium, Robinson College, Cambridge, September 2018. 

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) 



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