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Professor Abraham Olivier - Head of Department

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

Contact details

Office: Room 127, Chris Hani Building, East London

Cell No: +27(0)835331042

e-mail: aolivier@ufh.ac.za  / abrahamolivier@gmail.com  

Academic Background

Abraham Olivier is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare. In addition to this he is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa (http://saphenomenology.wordpress.com/). He was Editor of the South African Journal of Philosophy and secretary of the Southern African Philosophical Society (PSSA). Olivier obtained his PhD from the University of Tübingen 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. He holds a C2 NRF Rating.

Areas of Specialisation and Teaching

Phenomenology and Philosophy of mind, Pain research, Metaphysics. Areas of teaching: Elementary Logic, Ethics, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Epistemology, Kantian Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy of mind, African Philosophy.

Selection of Publications


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

Peer-reviewed articles

• Olivier A., 2014: On being an African, in Quest. Guest editors, Metz T., Masolo D. A., pp. 77-102 (http://www.quest-journal.net/).

• Olivier A. 2014: The return to the life world, in Intersubjectivity and Values, ed. Farrerello, S., Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cambridge, pp. 33-45.

• Olivier A., 2012: Algos and Logos: Heidegger und die Grenze der Sprache (Algos and Logos: Heidegger and the limits of language), in print in In Heidegger-Jahrbuch. Vol. 8, Heidegger und die Dictung (Heidegger and Poetics). Edited by Holger Zaborowski, Alfred Denker, and Jens Zimmermann. Freiburg, Germany: Alber Verlag, (forthcoming). 

• Olivier A., 2012: How ethical is leadership?, in Leadership, (LEA), SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 67-84. 

• Olivier A., 2012: Nietzsche and Heidegger on pain, in Heidegger & Nietzsche, ed. Babich B., Denker A., Zaborowski H., Amsterdam - New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., pp. 147-159.

• Olivier A., 2012: Kosmopolitik. Wege zur partizipativen Weltpolitik (Cosmopolitics. Ways toward participatory 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., 2011: Phenomenology of the human condition, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 30, No 2, pp. 94-106.

• 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.

• Olivier A., 2003: Pain in context, in http://www.wcp2003.org/philosophicaltrends/Abraham_Olivier.doc

• Olivier A., 2002: When pain becomes unreal, in Philosophy Today, 2 vol. 46, pp. 113-131.

• Olivier A., 2002: Die pyn van bewussyn (The pain of consciousness), in Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, Jaargang 42, Nommer 1, pp. 1-13.

• Olivier A., 2002: Educating pain, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 21, No. 2, pp. 112-132.

• Olivier A., 2000: Die sin van pyn (The meaning of pain), in South African Journal of Philosophy, 19 (3), pp. 235-255.

• Olivier A., 1999: Filosofie met die liggaam? Oor die filosofie van beweging, (Philosophy with the body? On the philosophy of movement), in South African Journal of Philosophy, 18 (4), pp. 370-389.