Abraham Olivier

Contact details
Office: Room 101, Chris Hani Building, East London
e-mail: aolivier@ufh.ac.za  / abrahamolivier@gmail.com

Biography
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, Padua and the Evangelical University for Social Work, Hamburg. He works on issues relating phenomenology, philosophy of mind, pain studies and African philosophy. He is rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa as a researcher with considerable international recognition (B3).

Current Areas of Teaching
Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, African Philosophy, Elementary Logic and Epistemology.

Selection of Publications
Books/edited collections
Olivier A. (ed). Philosophy and Laughter, special issue of Southern Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming.
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. 
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.
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.
Olivier A., 2007: Being in pain, Peter Lang: Frankfurt, New York, Oxford (212 pp.).
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., 2020. African Phenomenology: introductory perspectives, in Handbook of African Philosophy, ed. Imafidon, E. Springer: London (forthcoming). 
Olivier, A., 2020: Decolonisation and Displacement, in Kumalo (ed.), S., The South African Epistemic Decolonial Turn, HSRC Press, (forthcoming).
Olivier, A., 2019. Lost in Orientation, in Philosophy and Public Issues (New Series), Vol. 9, No. 3 (2019): 39-63, Luiss University Press, E-ISSN 2240-7987 | P-ISSN 1591-0660.
Olivier, A., 2019: Place and Displacement. Towards a distopological approach, in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 27:1, 31-56.
Olivier, A., 2019. Introduction to The African Other, special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol 24, Issue 2, April 2019.
Olivier, A., 2018: The wings of desire. Reflections on sexual desire, identity and freedom, in South African Journal of Philosophy, Volume 37, 2018 - Issue 4, 452-465.
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 
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.
Olivier A., 2017: Understanding place, in Hermeneutics, Place and Space, ed B. Janz, New York: Springer, pp. 9-22.
Olivier A., 2017: Brain drain: a communitarian response to Brock and Blake, South African Journal of Philosophy, 36 (1): 78–90.
Olivier A, 2016: The place of Philosophy in Africa, in Southern Journal of Philosophy. Volume 54, Issue 4, pp. 502-520.
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: An African Journal of Philosophy / Revue Africaine de Philosophie. Guest Editors, Metz T., Masolo D. A., Vol 25, Nr 2, pp. 77-102.
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: How ethical is leadership?, in Leadership, (LEA), SAGE Publications Ltd, Vol 8, Nr 1, 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., 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., 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.
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., 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., 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., 2001: Modern Philosophy, in South African Encyclopaedia / Suid-Afrikaanse Ensiklopedie, CD-Rom ISBN 1919898556, Hatfield: Van Schaik Publishers.
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.
 
Conferences organised/co-organised
Main Organiser: International Colloquium on Contributions to African Phenomenology, Crawfords Beach Lodge, Chintsa, 7-8 March 2020.
Main Organiser: 8th Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium, Time, Crawfords Beach Lodge, Chintsa, 9 Nov 2019.
Main organiser, 6th international Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, Theme: Philosophy and Laughter, 13-14 June 2019, Crawfords in Chintsa.
Main Organiser: 7th Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium, Trauma, Crawford’s Beach Lodge, Cintsa, 10 Nov 2018.
Co-organiser, 5th international Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, Theme: Sexuality, Capitalism, and Africa, 26-27 July 2018, University of Johannesburg.
Main Organiser: 6th Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium, Displacement, Crawford’s Beach Lodge, Cintsa, 28 Oct 2017.
Main Organiser: 4th international Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa (CPSA), Justice and the Other, 24-26 March 2017, Crawfords in Chintsa.
Co-organiser, 36th Annual Conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, Chintsa, 18-20 January 2016.
Co-Organiser: 3rd International Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, Identity and Difference, 27 – 29 April, 2015, University of Johannesburg.
Main Organiser: 5th Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Seminar, Birth and Death, 29 October 2016, Birth and Death, Crawfords Beach Lodge, Chintsa.
Main Organiser: 4th Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Seminar, The body, 31 October 2015, Crawfords Beach Lodge, Chintsa
Co-Organiser: 2nd International conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, Phenomenology and Naturalism, 11-13 April 2014, University of Johannesburg.
Co-organiser: 1st International conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, Phenomenology and its Futures, 29-31 March 2014, University of Johannesburg.
Main Organiser: 3rd Annual Wild coast Philosophy Symposium, Who is a philosopher?, 25 October 2014, Crawfords Beach Lodge, Chintsa. 
Main Organiser: 2nd Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium, Love, Crawford’s Beach Lodge, Cintsa, 26 May 2013.
Main Organiser: 1st Annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium, How living conditions influence philosophy, Crawford’s Beach Lodge, Cintsa, May 2012.
Main Organiser: 27th Annual Congress of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, January 2009, Hogsback.
Main Organiser: 19th Annual Congress of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, January 2001, Stellenbosch.