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Professor Peter Osborne

Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

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Peter is a Professor of Modern European Philosophy and the Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

The CRMEP is the leading centre for postgraduate level study and doctoral research in Continental Philosophy in the London area. Since its inception in 1994 it has developed a national and international reputation for teaching, research and publication in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. The CRMEP moved to Kingston University from Middlesex University in the summer of 2010 and sits across the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and Art, Design and Architecture (FADA).

Peter teaches and publishes on Modern European Philosophy and the philosophy of modern and contemporary art - with particular reference to Conceptual Art. He has written catalogue essays for a wide range of international art institutions including: Tate Modern, Biennale of Sydney, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, and the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. He has acted as a consultant to the Education Programme at Tate Britain and is consultant for the Office of Contemporary Art Norway with regard to the representation of Norway at the 2011 Venice Biennale. He has played a major role in the bimonthly British journal 'Radical Philosophy' for nearly thirty years and plays an active role in current debates about the future of universities in the UK.



Year gained Subject
1989 DPhil Philosophy, University of Sussex, The Carnival of Philosophy: Philosophy, Politics and Positive Science in Hegel and Marx.
1980 MA Philosophy, University of Sussex.
1979 BSC (Hons), Philosophy & Economics, University of Bristol.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2010 - Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.
1997 - 2010 Professor, Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University.
1995 - 1997 Reader, Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University.
1992 - 1995 Senior lecturer, Philosophy, Middlesex University.
1989 - 1992 Lecturer, Philosophy, Middlesex University.
1988 - 1989 Lecturer, Philosophy, University of Bristol.



Osborne, Peter (2010) Infinite exchange: the social ontology of the photographic image.3 Philosophy of Photography, 1(1), pp. 59-68. ISSN (print) 2040-3682

Osborne, Peter (2010) A sudden topicality: Marx, Nietzsche and the politics of crisis.4 Radical philosophy(160), pp. 19-26. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (2009) An image of romanticism - fragment and project: from Schlegel's 'Athenaeum Fragments' to LeWitt's 'Sentences on Conceptual Art'.5 Verksted #11: Sol LeWitt's 'Sentences on Conceptual Art': manuscript and draft materials 1968-69., pp. 5-27. ISSN (print) 1503-8467

Osborne, Peter (2008) Marx and the philosophy of time.6 Radical philosophy(147), pp. 15-22. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (2007) Neo-classic: Alain Badiou's Being and Event.7 Radical philosophy(142), pp. 19-29. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (2006) The dreambird of experience: Utopia, possibility, boredom.8 Radical philosophy(137), pp. 36-44. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (2006) Whoever speaks of culture speaks of administration as well.9 Cultural Studies, 20(1), pp. 33-47. ISSN (print) 0950-2386

Osborne, Peter (2005) On comparability: Kant and the possibility of comparative studies.10 Boundary 2, 32(2), pp. 3-22. ISSN (print) 0190-3659

Osborne, Peter (2004) Art beyond aesthetics: philosophical criticism, art history and contemporary art.11 Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians, 27(4), pp. 651-670. ISSN (print) 0141-6790

Osborne, Peter (2004) The reproach of abstraction.12 Radical philosophy(127), pp. 21-28. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (2003) Interpreting the world - September 11, cultural criticism and the intellectual Left.13 Radical philosophy(117), pp. 2-12. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (2001) Modernism as translation.14 Traces: a multilingual series of cultural theory and translation, 1, pp. 319-329. ISSN (print) 1533-3426

Osborne, Peter (2001) Non-places and the spaces of art.15 The Journal of Architecture, 6(2), pp. 183-194. ISSN (print) 1360-2365

Osborne, Peter (2001) Review article: Installation, performance, or what?16 Oxford Art Journal, 24(2), pp. 147-154. ISSN (print) 0142-6540

Osborne, Peter (2000) Radicalism and philosophy.17 Radical philosophy(103), pp. 6-11. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (1998) Remember the future? The Communist Manifesto as historical and cultural form.18 Socialist Register, 34, pp. 190-204. ISSN (print) 0081-0606

Osborne, Peter (1996) Times (modern), modernity (conservative): notes on the persistence of a temporal motif.19 New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics(28), pp. 132-141. ISSN (print) 0950-2378

Osborne, Peter (1995) Tactics, ethics, or temporality? Heidegger's politics reviewed.20 Radical philosophy(70), pp. 16-28. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (1994) The politics of time.21 Radical philosophy(68), pp. 3-9. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Osborne, Peter (1992) A Marxism for the postmodern? Jameson's Adorno.22 New German Critique(56), pp. 171-192. ISSN (print) 0094-033X

Osborne, Peter (1992) Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category.23 New Left Review, I/192, pp. 65-84. ISSN (print) 0028-6060


Osborne, Peter (2005) How to read Marx.24 London, U.K. : Granta. 136p. (How to read) ISBN 1862077711

Osborne, Peter, ed. (2004) Walter Benjamin: critical evaluations in cultural theory.25 London, U.K. : Routledge. 1392p. ISBN 0415325331

Sandford, Stella and Osborne, Peter, eds. (2002) Philosophies of race and ethnicity.26 London, U.K. : Continuum. 240p. ISBN 0826459943

Osborne, Peter (2000) Philosophy in cultural theory.27 London, U.K. : Routledge. 146p. ISBN 0415238013

Osborne, Peter (1995) The politics of time: modernity and avant-garde.28 London, U.K. : Verso Books. 272p. ISBN 0860916529

Book Section

Osborne, Peter (2009) Abstract images: sign, image and aesthetic in Gerhard Richter's painting.29 In: Buchloh, Benjamin H. D., (ed.) Gerhard Richter. London, U.K. : MIT Press. pp. 95-112. ISBN 9780262513128

Osborne, Peter (2009) Modernisms and mediations.30 In: Halsall, Francis , Jansen, Julia Alejandra and O'Connor, Tony, (eds.) Rediscovering aesthetics: transdisciplinary voices from art history, philosophy, and art practice. Stanford, U.S.A. : Stanford University Press. pp. 163-177. ISBN 9780804759915

Osborne, Peter (2009) Occasionalism.31 In: Faldbakken, Matias, (ed.) Matias Faldbakken: shocked into abstraction. Birmingham, U.K. : Ikon Gallery Ltd. pp. 44-71. ISBN 9781904864530

Osborne, Peter (2009) Starting up all over again: time and existence in some conceptual art of the 1960s.32 In: Eleey, Peter, (ed.) The quick and the dead. Minneapolis, U.S.A. : Walker Art Center. pp. 91-106. ISBN 9780935640939

Osborne, Peter and Alliez, Eric (2008) Philosophy and contemporary art after Adorno and Deleuze: an exchange.33 In: Garnett, Robert and Hunt, Andrew, (eds.) Gest: laboratory of synthesis #1. London, U.K. : Book Works. pp. 35-64. ISBN 9781870699969

Osborne, Peter (2004) Distracted reception: time, art, and technology.34 In: Morgan, Jessica and Muir, Gregor, (eds.) Time zones: recent film and video. London, U.K. : Tate Publishing. pp. 66-75. ISBN 1854375490

Osborne, Peter (2003) Photography in an expanding field: distributive unity and dominant form.35 In: Green, David, (ed.) Where is the photograph? Maidstone, U.K. : Photoworks. pp. 63-70. ISBN 1903796083

Osborne, Peter (2002) Greedy Kunst.36 In: Merck, Mandy and Townsend, Chris, (eds.) The art of Tracey Emin. London, U.K. : Thames and Hudson. pp. 40-59. ISBN 0500283850

Osborne, Peter (1999) Conceptual art and/as philosophy.37 In: Newman, Michael and Bird, Jon, (eds.) Rewriting conceptual art. London, U.K. : Reaktion Books. pp. 47-65. ISBN 1861890524


Media Highlights

Peter is an accomplished media commentator.

Conference Highlights

He is a seasoned conference presenter both in the UK and abroad.

Professional Body Membership

Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK).

European Research Council, "Cultures and Cultural Produiction", Ideas Specific Programme, Peer Review Panel.

British Philosophical Association.

Society for European Philosophy (Founder Member of Executive Committee).

Hegel Society of Great Britain.


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