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Professor Abraham Olivier - Head of Department

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Honours BA, MA (Stellenbosch), D Phil (Tübingen)


Room 125, Gasson, East London, Phone: (043) 7047320

Room AFG 4, New Arts Building, Alice Campus, Phone: (040) 602 2213l.

e-mail: aolivier@ufh.ac.za

Academic Background

Abraham Olivier is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare.  In addition to this he has been appointed as Editor of the South African Journal of Philosophy (http://www.sajp.za.net/) at the beginning of 2010. He also served as the secretary of the Southern African Philosophical Society (PSSA) and was the organiser of the 2002 and 2009 annual conferences of the PSSA.

Olivier obtained his PhD from the University of Tübingen under the supervision of Professor Günter Figal and has held lecturing and research posts at the Universities of Tübingen, Stellenbosch, Hamburg and Padua.

He is the author of Being in Pain as well as numerous international peer-reviewed articles on issues of mind, time, space, language, society and nature. He holds a C2 NRF Rating.

Areas of Specialisation, Teaching and Research

Olivier's areas of specialisation include Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics. He teaches courses on Contemporary trends in Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Early Modern Epistemology (Descartes, Hume, Kant), Ethics, Informal Logic and African Philosophy. At the moment his research is focused on two related projects: the phenomenology of mind, and the meaning of "being human".

Selection of Publications

Olivier A., 2007: Being in pain. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, New York, Oxford (212 pp.).

Peer-reviewed articles

Olivier A., 2012: How ethical is leadership?, in Leadership (LEA),  SAGE Publications Ltd., in print.

Olivier A., 2012: Algos and Logos: Heidegger und die Grenze der Sprache (Algos and Logos: Heidegger and the limits of language), in print in Heidegger and poetics, ed. Denker A., Zaborowski H., Amsterdam: Rodopi, forthcoming .

Olivier A., 2012: Nietzsche and Heidegger on pain, in Nietzsche and Heidegger, ed. Babich B., Denker A., Zaborowski H., Amsterdam: Rodopi, in print.

Olivier A., 2011: Phenomenology of the human condition, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 30, No 2, pp. 94-106.

Olivier A., 2011: Kosmopolitik. Wege zur partizipativen Weltpolitik (Cosmopolitics. Ways to participative world politics), in „Freiheit ohne Recht? Zur Metamorphose von Politik und Recht“ in der Reihe der Rechtsphilosophischen Schriften. Untersuchungen zur Rechtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Politik“ (hrsg. v. St. Schmid, K. Seelmann u. U. Steinvorth) im P. Lang Verlag Frankfurt/M, pp. 191-213.

Olivier A., 2010: The possibility of a science of consciousness. Critical Reflections on Dennett and Merleau-Ponty, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 29, No 2, pp. 104-116.

Olivier A., 2010: Nature Talk – Nature Talking? Perspectives on a phenomenology of language, forthcoming World Conference Proceedings.

Olivier A., 2008: The problem of defining pain, in Philosophy Today, vol. 52:1, pp. 3-14.

Olivier A., 2008: On the nature of language. Heidegger and African Philosophy, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 27, No 4, pp. 6-19.

Olivier A., 2007: Was ist Schmerz? (What is pain?), in Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Heft 32/1, pp. 1-21.

Olivier A., 2006: The spatiality of pain, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 25, No 4, pp. 336-350.

Olivier A., 2003: When pains are mental objects, in Philosophical Studies, Volume 115/1, July, pp. 33-53.

Olivier A., 2003: The limits of the present. Husserl and Heidegger on temporal limitation, in Phenomenologische Forschungen / Phenomenological Studies, (ed.) Orth E., Lembeck K., Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, pp. 133-148.

Olivier A., 2003: Nietzsche and Neurology, in Nietzsche-Studien/Nietzsche Studies, Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung, Band 32, (ed.) Abel G., Simon J., Stegmaier W., Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, pp. 124-142.