Viktor Johansson

Viktor Johansson

Associate Professor

Subject Coordinator

Senior Lecturer

Viktor works within the philosophy of education, children's philosophy and existential questions, children's literature and intercultural early childhood education.

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Culture and Education


The overarching theme of my research has been philosophical aspects of interactions between children and adults, especially in relation to early childhood education. That interest has mainly emerged as a work on children’s philosophy and in philosophy of education as an encounter between ethics, aesthetics, and literary theory.
Moreover, I have worked on exploring methods of ordinary language philosophy on topics such as learning, philosophy of play and philosophy through play.
The research has been highly influenced by philosophers such as Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, but also thinkers such as Simone Weil, Sören Kierkegaard, Iris Murdoch, John Dewey and Gareth Matthews. I have often turned to authors of children’s literature such as Astrid Lindgren, Cressida Cowell, J.K. Rowling and Tolkien; and pictures books by Sven Nordqvist, Shaun Tan, Dr. Seuss, Jimmy Liao, and Stian Hole; but also on adult fiction including works by Ibsen, Hamsun, Knausgaard, Austen, Tolstoj and Coetzee.
At the moment I explore the possibility of letting my research meet different forms of educational practices in indigenous contexts.
I am also working on two books syntezing my research in recent years.
Omedelbarhetens pedagogik: Filosofi bortom orden i tidig barndom [The Pedagogy of Immediacy: Philosophy Beyond Words in Early Childhood]
Literature and Philosophical Play in Early Childhood Education: A Humanities Based Approach to Research and Practice.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Johansson, Viktor (2017). Wildly Wise in the Terrible Moment: Kant, Emerson, and Improvisatory Bildung in Early Childhood Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory (online first).

Johansson, Viktor. (2017) Unserious but Serious Pilgrimages: What Educational Philosophy can learn about Fiction and Reality from Children’s Artful Play, Educational Theory 67(3).
Johansson, Viktor (forthcoming). Passionate Immediacy: Wittgenstein and Cavell on Desire and Embodied Philosophy in Early Childhood. A Contrario: Revue Interdisciplinarie de Sciences Social.

Johansson, Viktor (2018). Killing the Buddha: Towards a Heretical Philosophy of Learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50(1), pp. 61-71.

Johansson, Viktor (2016). Entangling Education: Learning Lies or Living with Messy Knowledge and Philosophical Perplexity in Early Childhood. In Knowledge Ecologies. Conference Proceedings of Philosophy of Education Society Australasia Annual Conference 2016.

Johansson, Viktor (2015). Questions from the Rough Ground: Teaching, Autobiography and the Cos-mopolitan “I”. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 34(5), pp. 441-458.

Johansson, Viktor (2014): Perfectionist Philosophy as a (an untaken) way of life. In: Journal of Aesthet-ic Education, 48(3), pp. 58-72.

Johansson, Viktor (2013). I am Scared Too: Children’s Literature for an Ethics Beyond Moral Concepts. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 40(4), pp. 80-109.
Peters, Michael and Johansson, Viktor (2012). Historicizing Subjectivity in Childhood Studies. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 11(1).

Johansson, Viktor (2011). “In charge of the truffula seeds”: On Children’s Literature, Rationality and Children’s Voices in Philosophy. Journal of Philosophy of Education 45(2). Also published in Nancy Vansieleghem and David Kennedy eds. (2012). Philosophy for Children in Transition: Problems and Prospects (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).

Johansson, Viktor (2010). The Philosophy of Dissonant Children: Stanley Cavell’s Wittgensteinian Philosophical Therapy as an Educational Conversation. Educational Theory, 60(4), pp. 469-486.

Book Chapters and Introductions

Johansson, Viktor (forthcoming). Philosophy for Children and Children for Philosophy. In Ann Chinnery, Viktor Johansson & Noami Hodgson eds. International Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Vol. 3 Series ed. Paul Smeyers (Dordrecht: Springer).

Johansson, Viktor (2017). The Weight of Dogmatism: Investigating “Learning” in Dewey’s Pragmatism and Wittgenstein’s Ordinary Language Philosophy. In Jeff Stickney & Michael Peters A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education – Pedagogical Investigations. (Dordrecht: Springer).

Johansson, Viktor (2016). Difficulties of the Will: Philosophy of Education through Children’s Literature. In Amanda Fulford & Noami Hodgson eds. Philosophy and Theory in Educational Research: Writing in the Margin. (London: Routledge).

Roth, Klas, Gustafsson, Martin, Johansson, Viktor (2014). Introduction: Perfectionism and Education—Kant and Cavell on Ethics and Aesthetics in Society. In Journal of Aesthetic Education, 48(3), pp. 1-4.

Johansson, Viktor (2011). Att dela barnens öde (Sharing Children’s Fate). In Tomas Englund, Ann Quennerstedt, Ninni Wahlström eds Utbildning som medborgerlig rättighet – Föräldrarätt eller barns rätt(Göteborg: Daidalos).

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