OCAD University
Kathy Kiloh
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

ethics and aesthetics, political thought, Critical Theory


I am a philosopher interested in the intersections between political thought, ethics, and aesthetics. I am particularly interested of aesthetics as a modernizing and Eurocentric philosophy deeply concerned with the moral regulation of the individual and the maintenance of political order. My current research considers the ways in which philosophers have used the discourse of aesthetics to promote various ideological positions, and to buttress their ethical theories. I am working on a manuscript concerning the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in the work of T.W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas. Planned future projects include a study of reification and the love of objects, which will bring together post-internet art, object-oriented ontology, and Adorno's reorientation of philosophy towards the object.


1997 BA (–with great distinction–) 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

"Towards an ethical politics: T. W. Adorno and Aesthetic Self-relinquishment" Philosophy and Social Criticism (forthcoming). –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, The Need in Thinking: New Essays on T. W. Adorno, University of Toronto Press, 2007. –The Linguistic Image: Immediacy and Mediation in Benjamin and Adorno,"in The Need in Thinking: New Essays on Adorno, University of Toronto Press, 2007.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

co-founder and former Vice-President, The Association for Adorno Studies member at large, EPTC / ECPT (Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture editor, Adorno Studies (forthcoming)