Abraham Olivier

Contact details

Office: Room 101, Chris Hani Building, East London

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


Abraham Olivier is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Fort Hare and Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Bayreuth University. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa (http://saphenomenology.wordpress.com/) and former Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Philosophy. 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 works on issues relating phenomenology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, pain studies and African philosophy. He is rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa as a researcher with considerable international recognition (B3).

Areas of Teaching

Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, African Philosophy, Elementary Logic, Ethics, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Epistemology, Kantian Philosophy.

Selection of Publications

Books/edited collections

  1. Olivier A. (ed). The African Other, special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol 24, Issue 2, April 2019. Conversion in Routledge Book Publication.
  2. Winkler R., Olivier A. (ed). Phenomenology and Naturalism, special issue of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, ed.. Vol 24, Issue 3, May 2016. Conversion in Routledge Book Publication.
  3. Winkler R., Olivier A. (ed) Identity and Difference, special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, ed. Winkler R., Olivier A., Vol 47, Issue 2, April 2016. Conversion in Routledge Book Publication.
  4. Olivier A., 2007: Being in pain, Peter Lang: Frankfurt, New York, Oxford (212 pp.).
  5. An extract of the book has recently been published on the official blog of the Australian Pain Society, which is the Australian Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) – see https://blog.apsoc.org.au/2016/07/05/la-doulou-provencal-word-for-pain/

Peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters

  1. Olivier, A., 2018: Place and Displacement. Towards a distopological approach, accepted for publication in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies.
  2. Olivier, A., 2018: The wings of desire. Reflections on sexual desire, identity and freedom, forthcoming in the South African Journal of Philosophy.
  3. Olivier A., 2018. The facticity of freedom, in Religions, 9, 110; doi:10.3390, pp. 1-15, http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/9/4/110
  4. Olivier A., Cordeiro-Rodrigues L. 2017: Racism, speciesism, and suffering, in Animals, Race and Multiculturalism, ed. Cordeiro-Rodrigues L., Mitchell L, Palgrave: London, pp. 147-174.
  5. Olivier A., 2017: Understanding place, in Hermeneutics, Place and Space, ed B. Janz, New York: Springer, pp. 9-22.
  6. Olivier A., 2017: Brain drain: a communitarian response to Brock and Blake, South African Journal of Philosophy, 36 (1): 78–90.
  7. Olivier A, 2016: The place of Philosophy in Africa, in Southern Journal of Philosophy. Volume 54, Issue 4, pp. 502-520.
  8. Olivier A., 2015: Contextual identity, Phronimon, Volume 16, Nr 2, pp. 58-77.  
  9. Olivier A., 2015: Heidegger in the township, South African Journal of Philosophy, 34, 2, pp. 240-254.
  10. Olivier A., 2014: On being an African, in Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy / Revue Africaine de Philosophie. Guest Editors, Metz T., Masolo D. A., Vol 25, Nr 2, pp. 77-102.
  11. Olivier A. 2014: The return to the life world, in Intersubjectivity and Values, ed. Farrerello, S., Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cambridge, pp. 33-45.
  12. Olivier A., 2012: How ethical is leadership?, in Leadership, (LEA), SAGE Publications Ltd, Vol 8, Nr 1, pp. 67-84.
  13. 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., 147-159.
  14. 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.
  15. Olivier A., 2012: Nature Talk – Nature Talking? Perspectives on a phenomenology of language, in Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy, Volume 19, pp. 129-139.
  16. Olivier A., 2011: Phenomenology of the human condition, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 30, No 2, pp. 94-106.
  17. 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.
  18. Olivier A., 2008: The problem of defining pain, in Philosophy Today, vol. 52:1, pp. 3-14.
  19. 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.
  20. Olivier A., 2007: Was ist Schmerz? (What is pain?), in Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Heft 32/1, pp. 1-21.
  21. Olivier A., 2006: The spatiality of pain, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 25, No 4, pp. 336-350.
  22. Olivier A., 2003: When pains are mental objects, in Philosophical Studies, Volume 115/1, July, pp. 33-53.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Olivier A., 2003: Pain in context, in http://www.wcp2003.org/philosophicaltrends/Abraham_Olivier.doc
  26. Olivier A., 2002: When pain becomes unreal, in Philosophy Today, 2 vol. 46, pp. 113-131.
  27. Olivier A., 2002: Die pyn van bewussyn (The pain of consciousness), in Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, Jaargang 42, Nommer 1, pp. 1-13.
  28. Olivier A., 2002: Educating pain, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 21, No. 2, pp. 112-132.
  29. Olivier A., 2001: Modern Philosophy, in South African Encyclopaedia / Suid-Afrikaanse Ensiklopedie, CD-Rom ISBN 1919898556, Hatfield: Van Schaik Publishers.
  30. Olivier A., 2000: Die sin van pyn (The meaning of pain), in South African Journal of Philosophy, 19 (3), pp. 235-255.
  31. 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.