Petri Joakim Berndtson, PhD

Research Associate
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

Research Areas:

  • Respiratory Philosophy
  • Phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty)
  • Elemental poetics (especially Bachelard)
  • Embodiment
  • Philosophical breathwork
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Contemplative studies


Petri Berndtson has a PhD in philosophy and works as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Philosophical Studies at ZRS Koper. He received his M.A. degree (2007) in Theoretical Philosophy at Faculty of Arts, Univ. of Helsinki (Finland) and his Ph.D. degree in Philosophy (2018) at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Univ. of Jyväskylä (Finland) with a doctoral dissertation "Phenomenological Ontology of Breathing: The Phenomenologico-Ontological Interpretation of the Barbaric Conviction of We Breathe Air and a New Philosophical Principle of Silence of Breath, Abyss of Air".
Berndtson has been a full-time lecturer of philosophy at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland (2002-2005) and also a guest lecturer at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway (2008-2015). He coedited with Professor Lenart Škof first anthology on philosophy of breathing titled Atmospheres of Breathing (SUNY Press, 2018). His upcoming book is titled Phenomenological Ontology of Breathing (Routledge, 2022) and it will be the first publication of a new book series "Routledge Critical Perspectives on Breath and Breathing".

The field of Berndtson's research is respiratory philosophy. In his PhD dissertation, he developed a new phenomenological method called respiratory reduction. This method of phenomenologico-respiratory reduction makes possible to rethink, re-examine and re-experience all phenomena and questions of life within the experiential atmosphere of breathing. Berndtson has studied in a phenomenologico-respiratory manner, for example, the questions of ontology, poetics, religion and ethics (hospitality, peace).