Sophia University

Academics Professors Information

Email: akiko-frischhut[at]sophia.ac.jp
Office: 10-630
FRISCHHUT Akiko

Assistant Professor
Philosophy

Magister Artium, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
MLitt, University of Glasgow
Ph.D., University of Glasgow and Université de Genève (co-supervision)

Research and Teaching Interests:

I have long been interested in metaphysical and ontological questions about existence and time. In particular, I am interested in how time itself (as for example described by physics) relates and contrasts with time and temporal phenomena as we encounter them in experience. One of my central claims is that, contrary to common belief, we do not experience time passing--at least not in a way that justifies us to believe that time really (mind-independently) passes. There is still a lot to be said and thought about and this is an ongoing project.

Recently, I have become fascinated by the nature of meditation, especially the notion of a “pure” or “empty” mental state, a mental state where the subject is awake and conscious without being conscious of anything. What follows for the nature of consciousness if we take reports from advanced meditators seriously?

I also like to think about food. Currently, I am pondering on the temporality of gustatory experiences, and how aesthetical judgments influence ethical evaluations and vice versa, in particular in Japanese culinary aesthetics.

Apart from Introduction to Philosophy, I teach courses on ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of food, and philosophy of AI at Sophia University. I have also been teaching philosophy of science, comparative philosophy, and theoretical philosophy. I am keen expand this to metaphysics, the philosophy of time, and Japanese modern/contemporary philosophy.

Selected Publications

Book Chapter

  • Frischhut, A. & Torrengo, G. (2021) “A Puzzle about Aftertaste”, with Giuliano Torrengo in: Borghini A., Engisch P. & Hirvonen S. (eds.), A Philosophy of Recipes: Identity, Relationships, Values, Bloomsbury.
  • Frischhut, A. (2018) “Is There a True Self?” in: Altobrando A., Niikawa T. & Stone R. (eds.), The Realizations of the Self, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Frischhut, A. (2017) “Presentism and Temporal Experience” in Phillips, I. (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Temporal Experience, Routledge.
  • Frischhut, A. (2016) “Phenomenology and Perception of Time”, in A Philosophical Thematic Atlas. The Concept of Time in Contemporary Philosophy of the Early Twentieth Century”, edited by F. Santoianni, Springer.

Journal Articles

  • Frischhut, A. (2015) “What Experience Cannot Teach Us About Time”, Topoi 1-13.
  • Frischhut, A. (2014) “Diachronic Unity and Temporal Transparency”, Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (7-8): 34-55 (22).
  • Frischhut, A. & Skiles, A. (2013) “Time, Modality and the Unbearable Lightness of Being” Thought 2 (1): 264-273.

COURSES

Faculty of Liberal Arts

Courses No Title 2022 Semester Offered
RPH201 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Autumn
RPH365 THE ETHICS OF FOOD Autumn