Kenan Malik’s cv

Let Kenan Malik introduce himself:

I was born in India, brought up in Manchester and now live in London.

I studied neurobiology (at the University of Sussex) and History and Philosophy of Science (at Imperial College, London). In between I took up a post as a research psychologist at the Centre for Research into Perception and Cognition (CRPC) at the University of Sussex, working on problems of the mental representation of spatial relations.


Since 1990 I have been an independent writer, lecturer and broadcaster. My main areas of academic interest are philosophy of biology and philosophy of mind; scientific method and epistemology; theories of human nature; science policy; bioethics; political philosophy; the history, philosophy and sociology of race; and the history of ideas, particularly in the post-Enlightenment world. I have written and taught extensively in all these areas, both academically and for a more general audience.


I have written two books: The Meaning of Race: Race, History and Culture in Western Society (Palgrave / New York University Press, 1996); and Man, Beast and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us About Human Nature (Weidenfeld & Nicolson [2000] / Rutgers University Press, [2002]). The Meaning of Race examines the historical development, and philosophical and political roots, of the idea of race. It also explores the relationship between the idea of race and contemporary theories of multiculturalism and pluralism.


Man, Beast and Zombie investigates the historical roots, philosophical assumptions and methodological problems of contemporary theories of human nature, in particular evolutionary psychology and cognitive science

If this sort of thing is your cup of tea, here’s his new weblog, Work in Progress. Read the troubling essay on Maori rights for a start.