Dr Sophie Allen

Title: Lecturer in Philosophy
Phone: +44 (0)1782 7 33364
Email: s.r.allen@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 2.045
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Sophie Allen

I received my undergraduate degree from Glasgow University and my PhD thesis, completed at the University of London, is about the metaphysics of mental causation. I now work mainly on metaphysics, the philosophy of science and philosophical methodology, and my first book, A Critical Introduction to Properties (which is not particularly introductory in places), is due out with Bloomsbury in February 2016.

I joined Keele in 2015 as a Lecturer in Philosophy, having been at Oxford University since 2002 where I was a Supernumerary Fellow at Harris Manchester College and a Lecturer in Philosophy, mainly at St Peter’s College and Harris Manchester College. Prior to that, I taught at University College London and worked at the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

I’m primarily interested in the intersection between metaphysics, science and mind, as well as meta-metaphysics and issues of methodology and interpretation which arise when doing philosophy.

My particular interests include:

  • The metaphysics of properties and qualitative similarity
  • Causation and laws in Philosophy and the Sciences
  • Scientific realism
  • Metaphysical realism and alternatives to it
  • The relationship between metaphysics and science
  • What metaphysical theories are about
  • What metaphysical categories are
  • The explanation of consciousness
  • Theories of meaning and interpretation

Or, summarise that in language which a non-philosopher can understand:

  • What is there, and what is it doing?
  • What does science tell us?
  • What are philosophers and scientists talking about?

Selected Publications

  • Allen SR. From Possibility to Properties? Or from Properties to Possibility?. Philosophy. doi>
  • Allen S. 2016. A Critical Introduction to Properties. Bloomsbury Publishing. link>
  • Allen SR. Curiosity kills the categories: A dilemma about categories and modality. Metaphysica, vol. 16(2), 211-229. doi> link>

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Books

  • Allen S. 2016. A Critical Introduction to Properties. Bloomsbury Publishing. link>

Journal Articles

  • Allen SR. From Possibility to Properties? Or from Properties to Possibility?. Philosophy. doi>
  • Allen SR. Curiosity kills the categories: A dilemma about categories and modality. Metaphysica, vol. 16(2), 211-229. doi> link>
  • Continental Philosophy (Year 1)
  • Ancient Philosophy (Year 1)
  • Philosophy of Science (Year 2)
  • Philosophy of Language (Year 3)

If you would like further information about any of these courses, please email me.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate work in the following subject areas:

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of language

I have a special interest in the connections between these different areas of philosophy, in meta-metaphysics and in philosophical methodology.

I encourage research students to work collaboratively with academics in the same field and to begin publishing their own work as soon as they are able.  Prospective students who are interested in these areas are welcome to get in touch with me.

Further information is available about studying in SPIRE, including funding available for pursuing a doctoral research degree.