Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Sven-Olov Wallenstein


Sven-Olov Wallenstein is Professor of Philosophy at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. His interests are aesthetic theory, architecture and visual arts, critical theory, German Idealism, and modern philosophies of desire, power, and subjectivity.

Professor Wallenstein has published numerous books, including: “Spacing Philosophy: Lyotard and the Idea of the Exhibition” (2019, with Daniel Birnbaum), “Upplysningens estetik: Nedslag I 1700-talet” (2019), “Deleuze och litteraturen” (ed. with John Sahlberg, 2018), “Benjamin Hoijer: Avhandling om den filosofika Konstruktionen” (2018, ed. with Anders Burman), “Foucault och antiken” (ed. with Johan Sehlberg, 2017), “Glasarkitektur: Scheerbart, Taut, Benjamin” (2017), “Architecture, Critique, Ideology: Writing on Architecture and Theory” (2016), “Madness, Rligion, and the Limits of Reason” (ed.with Jonna Bornemark, 2015), “Heidegger, spraket och poesin” (2013, ed. with Ola Nilsson), “Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality” (2013, ed. with Jakob Nilsson), “Translating Hegel: The Phenomenology of Spirit and Modern Philosophy” (2012, ed. with Brian Manning Delaney), “Aisthesis: Estetikens historia del 1” (ed. with Sara Danius and Cecilia Sjoholm, 2012), “Edmund Husserl” (ed. 2011), “Nihilism, Art, Technology” (2011), “Swedish Modernism: Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State” (2010, ed. with Helena Mattsson), “Svar pa fragan: Vad var det postmoderna?” (ed. 2009) [1].

In his book “Architecture, Critique, Ideology: Writing on Architecture and Theory”, Professor Wallenstein explores “the possibility of reframing critical theory in a contemporary theoretical landscape that today seems more difficult to chart than ever. Thinking philosophy through architecture, and architecture through philosophy, it argues for a critique as an intervention that must continually redraw the line between concepts and things, words and objects” [3].

Professor Wallenstein has also translated works by Winckelmann, Lessing, Heidegger, Husserl, Agamben, Foucault, Kant, Deleuze, and Baumgarten. His recent publications in 2021 include ”Critical Theory; Past, Present, Future” (ed. with Anders Bartonek) and ”Benjamin Höijer; Metafysik, estetik, historia”. Forthcoming in 2021: a translation of Hegel’s ”Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts” and a monograph on Diderot.

Sven-Olov Wallenstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Site Zone magazine (