Ingvild Torsen

Associate Professor - Philosophy
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Phone +47 22857850
Room GM 439
Available hours Wednesdays 2.45-3.45 pm, or by appointment
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic Interests

I work on Heidegger and aesthetics, primarily as the two relate to Post-Kantian philosophy. I am interested in phenomenology and Continental philosophy in general and in modernism as a philosophical and artistic problem. 

I have advised MA students working on a wide range of topics, including theses on  Kirkegaard and the self, Social philosophy and narrative theories of identity, Philosophy of technology, Philosophy of work, Heidegger and Hegel, Phenomenology, Romanticism and Indian philosophy. 


I teach our our courses in Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Feminist Philosophy and lecture for Exphil on a regular basis. Courses thought:

Continental philosophy (MA)

Continental philosophy (BA)

Philosophical aesthetics (joint MA and BA)

Feminist philosophy (BA, joint BA and MA from 2022)

Higher education and employment history

Ph.D. Boston University; Cand.philol. University of Oslo. Previously Assistant Professor at Florida International University and Visiting Assistant Professor at Marquette University.

Tags: Philosophy, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy, Heidegger, Hegel, Kant, Tragedy


  • Torsen, Ingvild (2021). Martin Heidegger. In Giovannelli, Alessandro (Eds.), Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 9781350085558. p. 183–190.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2020). Book Symposium: Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism. SGIR Review. ISSN 2577-0233. 3(1-2), p. 2–11.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2020). The Persistence of the Body in Sculpture after Abstraction. In Torsen, Ingvild; Gjesdal, Kristin & Rush, Fred (Ed.), Philosophy of Sculpture. Historical Problems, Contemporary Approaches. Routledge. ISSN 9781138615953. p. 111–129.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2018). The future of Hegelian art history: On the body in late modern sculpture. In Kottman, Paul A. & Squire, Michael (Ed.), The Art of Hegel's Aesthetics. Hegelian Philosophy and the Perspectives of Art History. Wilhelm Fink Verlag. ISSN 978-3-7705-6285-5. p. 303–330. doi: 10.30965/9783846762851_015.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2018). The Problem of Agency in Heidegger's Interpretation of Van Gogh. In Nichols, David P. (Eds.), Van Gogh among the Philosophers. Painting, Thinking, Being. Lexington Books. ISSN 9781498531351. p. 63–80.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2016). Disinterest and truth. On Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant’s aesthetics. British Journal of Aesthetics. ISSN 0007-0904. 56(1), p. 15–32. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayv045.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2015). Er det på tide å dumpe Heidegger? Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7005.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2014). "The Origin of the Work of Art" and Its Legacy. In Kelly, Michael (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Second edition. Oxford University Press. ISSN 978-0-19-937032-0. p. 296–299.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2014). Robert Pippin’s After the Beautiful. Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. ISSN 1538-1617.
  • Torsen, Ingvild (2014). What was abstract art? (From the point of view of Heidegger). Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. ISSN 0021-8529. 72(3), p. 291–302. doi: 10.1111/jaac.12084.

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  • Watzl, Sebastian; Torsen, Ingvild & Cappelen, Herman Wright (2021). Vite, være, gjøre. Exhil: Lærebok med originaltekster. Gyldendal Akademisk. ISBN 9788205529793. 552 p.
  • Watzl, Sebastian; Cappelen, Herman Wright & Torsen, Ingvild (2021). Being, Doing, Knowing. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag A/S. ISBN 9788205551558. 606 p.
  • Torsen, Ingvild; Gjesdal, Kristin & Rush, Fred (2020). Philosophy of Sculpture. Historical Problems, Contemporary Approaches. Routledge. ISBN 9781138615953. 230 p.

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