Antony Fredriksson


Location: 10 013, building G

Research Interests

Aesthetics, embodied philosophy, existential philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of perception, film and philosophy, attention, intersubjectivity, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In my current research project “The Art of Attention: Intersubjectivity in the Philosophy of Perception” I address existential questions concerning the faculty of attention. The research is related to current attempts to elaborate an intersubjective understanding of perception: how we see, not only as individual subjects, but also through the help of others and shared practices.


Doctor of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, 2015.

Master of Arts, Åbo Akademi University, 2001.

Cultural secretary vocational degree, Finns folkhighschool, 1994.

Previous positions


Postdoctoral researcher in the project “The Art of Attention: Intersubjectivity in the Philosophy of Perception”, Åbo Akademi University, funded by the Åbo Akademi University Foundation. Within this project I have completed a sojourn as a guest researcher at the Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, between January – July 2017, and at Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University Stockholm, between March – May 2018.

12/2008 – 2/2015

Doctoral researcher and part-time lecturer. During the period December 2008 to July 2014 my research was funded with grants.

2/2008 – 12/2008

International officer at the international office, Åbo Akademi University.


Lecturer for the course Narrative as Communication and Form of Understanding, University of Helsinki, fall 2018.

Lecturer for the seminar-course Merleau-Ponty and the Phenomenology of the Body, Department of Culture, History and Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, fall 2018.

Lecturer for the course The History of Virtual Reality at The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, fall 2016.

Lecturer for the course Visual Studies: The Moving Image, at the Department of Arts History at Åbo Akademi University, 2009-2015.

Lecturer for Basic course in Aesthetics, at the Department of Philosophy at Åbo Akademi University, spring 2006.



Vision, Image, Record – A Cultivation of the Visual Field. Åbo Akademi University Press 2014.


“Om att känna den andre och förlora sig själv i Clarice Lispectors Passionen enligt G. H” (To know the other and lose oneself in Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G. H.), Filosofisk Tidskrift, 2/2019, forthcoming 2019.

“The Alien World, Attention and the Habitual”, Phänomenologische Forschungen, 2/2018.

“The Art of Attention in Documentary Film and Werner Herzog”, Film-Philosophy, 22.1/2018.

“Review of Ian Dearden: ’Do Philosophers Talk Nonsense?’”. Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Vol 6, No 1, 2017.

“Intercultural competence and false projections: A Perspective on the critical tradition of intercultural documentary film” with professor Peter Nynäs, in Transforming Otherness, Peter Nynäs and Jason Finch (eds.). Transaction 2011.

”Environmental Aesthetics beyond the Dialectics of Interest and Disinterest: Deconstructing the Myth of Pristine Nature”, Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 40-41/2010-2011.

”Documentary Film beyond Intention and Re-presentation: Trinh T. Minh-ha and the Aesthetics of Materiality”, Journal of Information Ethics, Fall 2010, vol. 19, no 2.

Awards and Grants

Researcher of the year 2016, Harry Elvings legat

Åbo Akademi University Foundation

Kone Foundation

Oskar Öflund Foundation