I studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bristol in the late 1970s and took a MA and a DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Sussex (The Carnival of Philosophy: Philosophy, Politics and Positive Science in Hegel and Marx.) From 1992 to 2010 I taught post-Kantian Philosophy and Art Theory at Middlesex University, mainly to postgraduates, founding the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) in 1995. In summer 2010, I moved to Kingston, along with three of my colleagues in the CRMEP, the taught postgraduate programmes and PhD students. From 1983 to 2016 I was an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. I have held Visiting professorships at the University of Paris-8 (2012, 2014, 2019), The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2015) and Yale School of Art (2017).
Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
My research interests are in Philosophies of Time, History and Experience; Philosophy of Art: historical ontology of the artwork, philosophical criticism, postconceptual art and global comparativism; Transdisciplinarity in the arts and humanities; Frankfurt Critical Theory: Benjamin and Adorno; Modern European Philosophy: Kant, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger . My most recent book, The Postconceptual Condition: Critical Essays, was published by Verso in January 2018. I am currently working on a monograph that rereads Marx's Capital from the standpoint of post-Kantian European Philosophy, focusing on its articulation of various categories of time and the subject. I am also developing a grant project on the Historical Ontology of Contemporary Art.