Eva Hesse, Contingent, 1969.
Eva Hesse, Contingent, 1969.
Kathy Kiloh
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

ethics and aesthetics, political thought, Critical Theory, feminist theory, freudian drive theory, Psychoanalytical theories


I am a philosopher interested in the intersections between political thought, ethics, and aesthetics. I am particularly interested of aesthetics as a modern Eurocentric philosophy deeply concerned with the moral regulation of the individual and the maintenance of political order, but I am equally interested in the liberatory potential of aesthetic experience. Past research includes work on ethics, aesthetics and theories of embodiment in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor Adorno. Current projects are concerned with love (particularly narcissism), reification, Freud's theory of the death drive and reinterpretations of it. I am currently working on a manuscript entitled A Veil Over Death: Philosophical Reflections Upon the Death Drive and the Late Work of Eva Hesse, which employs the artist's works as points of inspiration for thinking through Freud's theory of the death drive and its alteration in the hands of Herbert Marcuse and Julia Kristeva. 


1997 BA Art History and Film Studies (minor), University of Regina 2000 MA, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario (now Western University) 2011 PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University

Awards \ Grants

2002 "2005, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship

Selected Publications

“Adorno: Happiness, Love and Utopia” in The Oxford Handbook on Adorno, Edited by Martin Shuster and Henry Pickford, forthcoming (commissioned piece).

“Adorno’s Materialist Ethics of Love” in The Blackwell Companion to Adorno, Edited by Peter Gordon, Espen Hammer, and Max Pensky, forthcoming January 2020 (commissioned piece).

Response to Lydia Goehr’s “A Music Discomposed: Adorno and Cavell” Orpheus Institute Yearbook, 2018.

With Martin Shuster, “Introduction to the Inaugural Issue of Adorno Studies” Adorno Studies, 1:1 (2017): i-iv. ISSN: 1927-8748.

"Towards an ethical politics: T. W. Adorno and Aesthetic Self-relinquishment" Philosophy and Social Criticism .

–Against –the European Notion of Man–: Levinas's Responsible Body" PhaenEx, journal of existential and phenomenological theory and culture Vol. 10 (2015), 76-99.

'some Reflections on Jean-Fran–ois Lyotard's –The Post-Modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge–"Kapsula Magazine, Acting Out 3, no.3: –This Could be the Place"(Dec. 2014)

Co-editor, Adorno and The Need in Thinking: New Critical Essays, University of Toronto Press, 2007. –

The Linguistic Image: Immediacy and Mediation in Benjamin and Adorno,in Adorno and The Need in Thinking: New Critical Essays, University of Toronto Press, 2007.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

co-founder and former Vice-President, The Association for Adorno Studies editor, Adorno Studies (forthcoming)