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Dr Edward Kanterian

Reader in Philosophy


Office: Cornwallis North West 164
Office hours: Tuesday, 10.00-11.00, 17.00-18.00


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. (2017). Kant, God and Metaphysics: The Secret Thorn. UK: Routledge.
Kanterian, E. and Manea, N. (2017). Corriere dell'Est [Italian translation of Curierul de Est]. Italy: Il Saggiatore.
Kanterian, E. (2016). Людвиг Витгенштейн [Russian translation of Ludwig Wittgenstein]. Russia: Ad Marginem Press.
Kanterian, E. (2012). Frege: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Continuum.
Kanterian, E. and Manea, N. (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). Mihail Sebastian, Voller Entsetzen, aber nicht verzweifelt - Tagebücher 1935-44: [Diaries from the fascist years and the Holocaust in Romania, edited, prefaced and translated]. Claassen, Berlin.
Kanterian, E. (1998). Mircea Eliade, Der Yoga des Patanjali [translation]. [book]. Kanterian, E. ed. Herder Verlag.
Kanterian, E. ed. (1996). Mircea Eliade, Indisches Tagebuch. Reisenotizen 1928 - 1931 [Indian Diary, edited, prefaced and translated]. Diederichs.
Kanterian, E. (2018). Die Idee einer mathematischen Philosophie: Von Descartes bis zur funktionalen Semantik. Siegener Beiträge zur Geschichte und Philosophie der Mathematik [Online] 8:73-98. Available at:
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. (2016). Funktionalismus, Realismus, Humanismus [obituary on Hilary Putnam]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2015). Hitler, Atatürk and the German-Turkish relations [interview with Stefan Ihrig]. Armenian Weekly.
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). Der erste Völkermord im 20. Jahrhundert: Neue Forschungsliteratur über den Genozid an den Armeniern. Neue Zücher Zeitung [Online]:25-25. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2015). Das namenlose Dorf. Tachles - Das jüdische Monatsmagazin [Online]:10-12. Available at:
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). Cazul Heidegger – o retrospectivă. Observator Cultural [Online] 719:10-11. Available at:*articleID_30102-articles_details.html.
Kanterian, E. (2014). Communism: The Shadows of a Utopia. Baltic Worlds [Online] VII:4-11. Available at:
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. (2013). Bodies in Prolegomena §13: Noumena or Phenomena? Hegel Bulletin [Online] 34:181-202. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2013). The Crisis of Democracy in Hungary and Romania – Learning from Weimar? Verfassungsblog.
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. and Arion, C. (2013). How the Romanian Government Wants to 'Improve' the Constitution. Verfassungsblog.
Kanterian, E. (2012). Das Gespenst des Autoritarismus. Neue Zücher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2012). Philosophy as Poetry? Reflections on Wittgenstein's Style. Wittgenstein-Studien 3:95-132.
Kanterian, E. (2011). Recenzie la o recenzie [on the memory and denial of the Holocaust in Romania and Germany]. Observator Cultural.
Kanterian, E. (2011). Bede Rundle obituary. Philosopher in the tradition of Aristotle, Kant and Wittgenstein. The Guardian [Online]. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2011). Kripke's Metalinguistic Apparatus and the Analysis of Definite Descriptions. Philosophical Studies [Online] 156:363-387. Available at:
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. (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.
Kanterian, E. (2004). Das Lächeln der Tscheka. Donald Rayfield über Stalin und seine Henker. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2003). Der rote Terror. Jörk Baberowskis Geschichte des Stalinismus. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2003). Was symbolisieren Hammer und Sichel? Die Verbrechen des Kommunismus – neuere Untersuchungen. Neue Zürcher Zeitung,.
Kanterian, E. (2002). Die Zeit der Rhinozerosse. Eliade, Cioran und Ionesco in der Faschismus-Diskussion. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2002). Wissen, wo die Gräber liegen. Wie Rumänien sich seiner kommunistischen Vergangenheit zu stellen beginnt. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2001). Bukowina am Hudson. Besuch beim Schriftsteller Norman Manea am Bard College. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2001). Im Wort versteckt. Der Bukowiner-deutsche Dichter Moses Rosenkranz. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (2001). "Karpatengenie", stalinistischer Prägung. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. and Travers, S. (2001). Casting Light on the Long Shadow of Romania's Securitate. Caietele Echinox.
Kanterian, E. (2000). Wider die Schatten. Der Zugang zu den Archiven der Securitate öffnet sich. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (1999). Transnistrien, das Reich des Todes. Neuere Bücher über den Holocaust in Rumänien. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kanterian, E. (1998). Das Tagebuch Mihail Sebastians. Sinn und Form 3.
Book section
Kanterian, E. (2017). Naturalism, Involved Philosophy, and the Human Predicament. in: Ellis, F. ed. New Models of Religious Understanding. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 59-78. Available at:
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. (2009). Subiectivitate si obiectivitate in Jurnalul lui Mihail Sebastian. in: Volovici, L. ed. Mihail Sebastian. Dilemele identitatii. Cluj-Napoca: Editura Biblioteca Apostrof.
Kanterian, E., Kahane, G. and Kuusela, O. (2007). Introduction to Wittgenstein and His Interpreters: Essays in Memory of Gordon Baker. in: Kanterian, E., Kahane, G. and Kuusela, O. eds. Wittgenstein and His Interpreters: Essays in Memory of Gordon Baker. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1-36. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2005). Vorwort des Herausgebers. in: Kanterian, E. ed. Voller Entsetzen, aber nicht verzweifelt: Tagebücher 1935-44: [Diaries from the fascist years and the Holocaust in Romania]. Claassen Verlag, pp. 5-32.
Kanterian, E. (1996). Preface to Mircea Eliade, Indisches Tagebuch. Reisenotizen 1928-1931. in: Kanterian, E. ed. Indisches Tagebuch. Reisenotizen 1928-1931. Diederichs Verlag.
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 Alexander Baumgarten, 'Metaphysics'. Review of Metaphysics:55-56.
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 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. (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 Samuel Fleischacker, 'What is Enlightenment?'. European Journal of Philosophy [Online] 22:e1-e3. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2013). Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson: Warum Nationen scheitern. Glanz & Elend [Online]:1-3. Available at:
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. (2003). Review of Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. Europa Magazine.
Kanterian, E. (2003). Review of Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies. Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger:21-27.
Kanterian, E. (2003). Review of Mariana Hausleitner (ed.), Rumänien und der Holocaust Hausleitner, M. ed. Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung:132-134.
Kanterian, E. (2002). Review of McCarthy/Stidd (eds.), Wittgenstein in America. Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger:402-410.
Conference or workshop item
Kanterian, E. (2001). The New Wittgenstein: Some Critical Remarks. in: Haller, R. and Puhl, K. eds. Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy. Kirchberg am Wechsel: Öbv & Hpt, pp. 376-384.
Kanterian, E. (2000). The Malaise of Modernity: The Case of Romanian Intellectuals. in: Murgescu, B. ed. Romania and Europe : modernisation as temptation, modernisation as threat. ALLFA.
Kanterian, E. (1999). Two Phenomenologists? Hintikka on Husserl and Wittgenstein. in: Meixner, U. and Simons, P. eds. 22nd International Wittgenstein Symposium: Metaphysics in the post-metaphysical age. Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 285-290.
Internet publication
Kanterian, E. and Egid, J. (2018). Nationalism and Philosophy [Online magazine]. Available at:
Kanterian, E. (2018). Definition and Logical Analysis in Frege. Siegener Beiträge zur Geschichte und Philosophie der Mathematik 9.
Kanterian, E. (2016). Emil Cioran als Nihilist, Skeptiker und politischer Denker. Philosophische Rundschau.
Kanterian, E. (2016). The Desolation of our Time: Celan's Struggle with Heidegger. in: d'Oriano, P. ed. Heidegger in the Anglophone World. Indiana University Press.
Kanterian, E. (2015). Life's Affirmation and Denial: Nietzsche as a Christian. in: Came, D. ed. Nietzsche on Morality and the Affirmation of Life. Oxford University Press.
Total publications in KAR: 80 [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: 17/10/2018