Professor Peter Osborne


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).

Academic responsibilities

Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy


  • BSc in Philosophy and Economics (Bristol)
  • MA in Philosophy (Sussex)
  • DPhil in Philosophy (Sussex)

Teaching and learning


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.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision