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Dr Pendaran Roberts

Research interests

Metaphysics, Philosophy of perception, Experimental Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Time

Current research

Pendaran Roberts

My research mainly concerns the ontology of perceptible properties: color, sound, taste, and smell. There is an a priori strand to my research and an experimental philosophy strand. My work in experimental philosophy investigates people’s beliefs, intuitions, and concepts surrounding perceptible properties. I am an objective primitivist and believe that this view is a conceptual truth. My a priori work has argued for numerous claims about colors and sounds (e.g. that sounds are properties of objects). A recent paper of mine, ‘Another look at color primitivism,’ sets out a precise version of color primitivism that is metaphysical and not quietist.


Roberts, P. (forthcoming). Another look at color primitivism. Synthese, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1821-9.

Roberts, P., Andow, J., & Schmidtke, K. (2018). Lay intuitions about epistemic normativity. Synthese, 195, 3267-3287.

Roberts, P. (2017). Turning up the volume on the property view of sound. Inquiry, 60, 337-357.

Roberts, P. (2017). An ecumenical response to color contrast cases. Synthese, 194, 1725-1742.

Roberts, P., Allen, K., & Schmidtke, K. (2016). Folk intuitions about the causal theory of perception. Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy, 3. (This article was selected for a symposium on the popular, Brains Blog, published November 19th, 2017.

Roberts, P. & Knobe, J. (2016). Interview on experimental philosophy with Joshua Knobe. Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 4, 14-28.

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (2016). Relationalism about perceptible properties and the principle of charity. Synthese, 193, 2779-2803.

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (2015). Color naming and color matching: A reply to Kuehni and Hardin. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6, 207-212.

Roberts, P. (2014). Color relationalism, ordinary illusion, and color incompatibility. Philosophia, 9, 1085-1097.

Roberts, P., Andow, J., & Schmidtke, K. (2014). Colour relationalism and the real deliverances of introspection. Erkenntnis, 79, 1173-1189.

Roberts, P. (2014). Parsing the rainbow. Synthese, 191, 1793-1811.

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (2012). In defense of incompatibility, objectivism, and veridicality about color. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 3, 547-558.