Peter Osborne is a critical theorist who has written widely on aesthetics, art theory and philosophy of contemporary art. He is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Tutor on the Graduate Programme in Aesthetics and Art Theory at Middlesex University, London.
Osborne is the author of The Politics of Time: Modernity and the Avant-Garde (Verso, 1995) and Philosophy in Cultural Theory (Routledge, 2000). He was a contributor to Rewriting Conceptual Art (eds. Michael Newman and Jon Bird, Reaktion Books, 1999) and has edited several critical anthologies including A Critical Sense: Interviews with Intellectuals (Routledge, 1997) and From an Aesthetic Point of View: Philosophy, Art and the Senses (Serpent's Tail, 2000).
His current projects include Cultures of Abstraction, relating philosophical theories of abstraction (Hume, Kant, Hegel and Husserl) and spatio-temporal forms of 'actual abstraction' associated with the constitutive social forms of a global modernity (investigating the conceptual basis of global comparativism). He is also compiling Art Against Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays on Contemporary Art - Collectected Essays 2001-5.
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