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Dr Edward Kanterian

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy


Office: Cornwallis North West 164
Office hours: Thursday, 11.10-13.00pm


I completed my MA in Philosophy, History and Sociology at the University of Leipzig, Germany, with a thesis on Frege and Husserl on sense and meaning, before undertaking a doctorate on the semantics of descriptive singular terms at the University of Oxford, completed in 2006. After finishing my DPhil, I spent five years at Trinity College and Jesus College at Oxford as a Lecturer in Philosophy. I joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kent in 2011. 

My current research extends from the foundations of language and logic to the nature of the world. My next book will be on Kant’s God. I have an interest in the history of liberalism and its enemies in Europe, the study of totalitarianism (Nazism and Communism), the history of mass crimes (such as the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and the crimes of Communism) and the ethics of memory. I also have an interest in the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, and the relation between philosophy and poetry.

I am a member of the Steering Committee of the project Later German Philosophy. I am also a member of the UK Kant Society and the Aristotelian Society, and a reviewer for the AHRC, OUP, Routledge, Columbia University Press, Bloomsbury, Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, Kantian Review, Philosophical Studies, Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, and Theoria.

For more information, please see my personal website:

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Kanterian, E. (2012). Frege: A Guide for the Perplexed. [Online]. London: Continuum. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2010). Curierul de Est. Dialog cu Edward Kanterian. Iaşi (Romania): Editura Polirom.
Kanterian, E. (2007). Ludwig Wittgenstein. London: Reaktion Books Ltd.
Kanterian, E. (2004). Analytische Philosophie. Frankfurt/Main: Campus Verlag Gmbh.
Edited book
Kahane, G., Kanterian, E. and Kuusela, O. eds. (2007). Wittgenstein and his Interpreters. Essays in Memory of G. P. Baker. Oxford: Blackwell.
Kanterian, E. ed. (2005). Voller Entsetzen, aber nicht verzweifelt - Tagebücher 1935-44: [Diaries from the fascist years and the Holocaust in Romania]. Claassen, Berlin.
Kanterian, E. (2016). Reason's Disunity with Itself: Comments on Adrian Moore on Kant's Dialectic of Human Reason. Kantian Review [Online] 21:483-493. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2015). Satul fără nume [The village without a name]On the Armenian genocide. Observator Cultural [Online]:12-13. Available at:*articleID_31766-articles_details.html.
Kanterian, E. (2015). Das namenlose Dorf. Tachles - Das jüdische Monatsmagazin [Online]:10-12. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Der erste Völkermord im 20. Jahrhundert: Neue Forschungsliteratur über den Genozid an den Armeniern. Neue Zücher Zeitung [Online]:25-25. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Cazul Heidegger – o retrospectivă. Observator Cultural [Online] 719:10-11. Available at:*articleID_30102-articles_details.html.
Kanterian, E. and Ben-Yami, H. (2014). We are witnessing a conflict between two peoples or societies on the same piece of land over which each of them thinks it has rights. Observator Cultural [Online] 733:10-11. Available at:*articleID_30594-articles_details.html.
Kanterian, E. (2014). Biegen und brechen. Aufarbeitung des Kommunismus in Rumänien [On the prosecution of Communist crimes in Romania]. Neue Zücher Zeitung [Online]:51-51. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Communism: The Shadows of a Utopia. Baltic Worlds [Online] VII:4-11. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2013). Bodies in Prolegomena §13: Noumena or Phenomena? Hegel Bulletin [Online] 34:181-202. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2013). The Ideality of Space and Time: Trendelenburg versus Kant, Fischer and Bird. Kantian Review [Online] 18:263-288. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2012). Philosophy as Poetry? Reflections on Wittgenstein's Style. Wittgenstein-Studien 3:95-132.
Kanterian, E. (2012). Das Gespenst des Autoritarismus. Neue Zücher Zeitung.
Piranio, C. and Kanterian, E. (2011). Memory, Justice and the Court: On the Dimensions of Memory-Justice under the Rome Statute. Cambridge Review of International Affairs [Online] 24:425-447. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2011). Kripke's Metalinguistic Apparatus and the Analysis of Definite Descriptions. Philosophical Studies [Online] 156:363-387. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2010). Frege's Definition of Number: No Ontological Agenda? Hungarian Philosophical Review 54:76-92.
Kanterian, E. (2009). Puzzles about Descriptive Names. Linguistics and Philosophy [Online] 32:409-428. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2008). On Truth in Holocaust Diaries. Sinn und Form 3:343-352.
Book section
Kanterian, E. (2017). Privacy and Private Language. in: Glock, H. -J. and Hyman, J. eds. A Companion to Wittgenstein. Wiley, pp. 445-464. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2013). Hegel's Tale in Romania. in: Herzog, L. ed. Hegel's Thought in Europe: Currents, Crosscurrents and Undercurrents. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kanterian, E. (2013). Wissen, wo die Gräber liegen [Knowing where the victims of Communism are buried]. in: Kilzer, K. and Muller-Enbergs, H. eds. Geist hinter Gittern. Die rumänische Gedenkstätte Memorial Sighet. Berlin: Frank & Timme.
Kanterian, E. (2010). On the Moral Dimension of the Investigation of Totalitarianism. in: Birgit, H., Wezel, K. and Trappe, U. J. eds. Diktaturüberwindung in Europa. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.
Kanterian, E. (2014). Review of Peter Hacker, 'Human Nature: The Categorial Framework' and 'The Intellectual Powers: A Study of Human Nature'. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 64:655-661. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Review of Alexander Baumgarten, 'Metaphysics'. Review of Metaphysics:55-56.
Kanterian, E. (2014). Review of Michael Franz, 'Tübinger Platonismus: Die gemeinsamen philosophischen Anfangsgründe von Hölderlin, Schelling und Hegel'. Hegel Bulletin [Online] 35:116-122. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Review of Frederick C. Beiser, 'Late German Idealism: Trendelenburg and Lotze'. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews [Online]:1-5. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Review of Samuel Fleischackerm 'What is Enlightenment?'. European Journal of Philosophy [Online] 22:e1-e3. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Review of Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, 'Formen der Anschauung. Eine Philosophie der Mathematik'. Philosophical Investigations [Online] 37:91-94. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2014). Anne Applebaums meisterhafte Studie über die Stalinisierung Osteuropas. Die Zeit:0-0.
Kanterian, E. (2013). Review of Daniel N. Robinson, 'How Is Nature Possible? Kant's Project in the First Critique'. The Review of Metaphysics 66:597-599.
Kanterian, E. (2011). Review of Wolfgang Ewen, 'Carl Stumpf und Gottlob Frege'. Philosophical Investigations [Online] 34:312-317. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2007). True to Life. Why Truth Matters? By Michael P. Lynch. Philosophical Investigations [Online] 30:389-393. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2005). Review of Brian McGuinness, 'Approaches to Wittgenstein: Collected Papers'. Philosophical Investigations [Online] 28:76-80. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2017). Kant, God and Metaphysics: The Secret Thorn. Routledge.
Total publications in KAR: 39 [See all in KAR]


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Dr Kanterian teaches modules on metaphysics, on Kant, and on Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 01/06/2016