Abraham Olivier


Professor  Abraham Olivier

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


Contact details

Office: Room 127, Chris Hani Building, East London

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



Abraham Olivier is Professor in  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/) 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, Phenomenology,  African Philosophy.


Selection of Publications 


Books/edited collections

  • Phenomenology and Naturalism, special issue of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, co-editors: Winkler R., Olivier A. Volume 24, Issue 3, May 2016. 
  • Identity and Difference, special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, co-editors: Winkler R., Olivier A., Volume 47, Issue 2, April 2016.
  • Being in pain. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, New York, Oxford, 2007.

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

  • Olivier A., Cordeiro-Rodrigues L. 2016: Racism, speciesism, and suffering, in Animals, Race and Multiculturalism – Contemporary Moral and Political Debates, ed. Cordeiro-Rodrigues L., Mitchell L, Palgrave: London (forthcoming).
  • Olivier A, 2016: The place of Philosophy in Africa, forthcoming in Southern Journal of Philosophy.
  • Olivier A., 2016: Understanding place, in Hermeneutics, Place and Space, ed B. Janz, New York: Springer (forthcoming).
  • Olivier A., 2015: Contextual identity, Phronimon, Volume 16, Nr 2, pp. 58-77. 
  • Olivier A., 2015: Heidegger in the township, South African Journal of Philosophy, 34, 2, pp. 240-254.
  • 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.