Kompridis, Nikolas

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Kompridis, Nikolas


Education: University of Toronto, M.Mus., 1981; Yale University, M.Mus., 1984; University of Toronto, M.A., 1987; York University, Ph.D., 1991.


Office—York University, Department of Philosophy, S428 Ross Bldg., 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada.


Philosopher, educator, and writer. University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, postdoctoral fellow, 1992-94; Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, assistant professor of philosophy, 1994-95; New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 1995-96; Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, sessional assistant professor, 1996-98; University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, lecturer in philosophy, 1998-2002; York University, Toronto, Ontario, assistant professor of philosophy, c. 2003—.


American Philosophical Association, American Society for Aesthetics, Forum for European Philosophy, Canadian Philosophical Association, American Political Science Association, Conference for the Study of Political Thought (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).


(Editor and contributor) Philosophical Romanticism, Routledge (New York, NY), 2006.

Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2006.

Contributor to books, including The Transformation of Modernity, edited by Mikael Carleheden and Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Ashgate (London, England), 2001; and Communication, Conflict and Reconciliation: Social Philosophy Today, Volume 17, edited by Cheryl Hughes and James Wong, Philosophy Documentation Center (Charlottesville, VA), 2003. Contributor to encyclopedias, including The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory, edited by Irene Makaryk, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1993; The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 1998; and A Companion to Twentieth-Century Philosophies, edited by Constantin Boundas, University of Edinburgh Press and Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2004. Contributor to journals, including Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, International Studies in Philosophy, Philosophy and Social Criticism, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, and Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy. Also referee for journals, including Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Constellations: An International Journal of Criticaland Democratic Theory, Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Hermeneutics and Postmodern Philosophy, and Canadian Philosophical Association.


Nikolas Kompridis is a philosopher and educator whose interests include modern European and contemporary social political philosophy; German idealism, German romanticism, and critical theory; aesthetics and the philosophy of culture; and classical and neo-pragmatism. As the editor of Philosophical Romanticism, Kompridis presents a series of essays by numerous philosophers, including himself, that discuss the relationship between philosophy and romanticism. The essays address such topics as freedom, autonomy, and subjectivity; modernism, skepticism, and irony; art and ethics; memory and imagination; and pluralism and practical reason. Discussing writers and thinkers such as Marcel Proust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and William Wordsworth, the essayists suggest that philosophical romanticism is a legitimate alternative to aspects of "analytic" and "continental" philosophies. In his contribution to the book, Kompridis writes about "the philosophical challenge of countenancing the normativity of the new," according to Daniel Dahlstrom in a review of Philosophical Romanticism on the Notre Dame Philosophical Review Web site. Dahlstrom also wrote in his review: "The formidable scope of this project—to the credit of the contributors to this masterful volume—invites critical questions at every turn." Kompridis is also author of Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future. The book focuses on shifting the normative and critical emphasis of critical theory to a new change-enabling disclosure of possibility and the enlargement of meaning. In his discussion, the author addresses the work of philosophers such as Jürgen Habermas, Martin Heidegger, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.



Notre Dame Philosophical Review,http://ndpr.nd.edu/ (February 1, 2008), Daniel Dahlstrom, review of Philosophical Romanticism.

York University, Faculty of Arts Web site,http://www.arts.yorku.ca/ (February 1, 2008), faculty profile of author.