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  1. Bert Olivier (2011). Truth, Power, Intellectuals and Universities. In Gerard Walmsley (ed.), African Philosophy and the Future of Africa. Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. 23.
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  2. Bert Olivier (2009). Philosophy and Communication: Collected Essays. Peter Lang.
    The essays assembled in this volume focus on philosophical questions regarding various aspects of communication.
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  3. Bert Olivier (2009). Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory: Collected Essays. Peter Lang.
    The essays brought together in this volume are written from the dual perspectives of philosophy and psychoanalytic theory.
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  4. Bert Olivier (2009). Philosophy and the Arts: Collected Essays. Peter Lang.
    This collection of philosophical essays addresses important issues in the arts, encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, film and architecture.
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  5. Bert Olivier (2009). The Subversion of Plato's Quasi-Phenomenology and Mytho-Poetics in the Symposium. Janus Head 11 (1):59-76.
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  6. Bert Olivier (2008/2012). Intersecting Philosophical Planes: Philosophical Essays. P. Lang.
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  7. Bert Olivier (2008). When Robots Would Really Be Human Simulacra: Love and the Ethical in Spielberg's AI and Proyas's I, Robot. Film-Philosophy 12 (2).
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  8. Bert Olivier (2007). Nietzsche, Immortality, Singularity and Eternal Recurrence. South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (1):70-84.
    Joan Copjec has shown that modernity is privy to a notion of immortality all its own – one that differs fundamentally from any counterpart entertained in Greek antiquity or the Christian Middle Ages. She points to Blumenberg and Lefort as thinkers who have construed this concept in its modern guise in different ways, and ultimately opts for Lefort's paradoxical understanding of immortality as the ‘transcending of time, within time' before elaborating on a corresponding notion in Lacan's work. It can be (...)
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  9. Bert Olivier (2005). Nature, Capitalism, and the Future of Humankind. South African Journal of Philosophy 24 (2):121-136.
    This paper addresses the question regarding the relation between capitalism and nature, on the one hand, and that of the continued existence of life, including humankind, on earth in light of the disturbing evidence that has emerged since the early 1970s, concerning massive environmental degradation, on the other. It is argued that the evidence of such destruction is there for every one to see; what is less obvious – in fact, mostly ignored or denied – is the connection between capital (...)
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  10. Bert Olivier (2005). Philosophy and the Pursuit of One's Desire: Mathilde's Project. Janus Head 8 (2):473-47483.
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  11. Bert Olivier (2004). Lacan's Subject: The Imaginary, Language, the Real and Philosophy. South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):1-19.
    The thought of the psychoanalytical thinker, Jacques Lacan, is examined in this paper with a view to ascertaining the place and function of the so-called imaginary in it, the symbolic as well as the 'real'. The extent to which the imaginary or realm of images is construed by Lacan as being the order of identification and a (spurious) sense of unity of the ego or self, is contrasted with the symbolic (or linguistic) order as that of the subject and of (...)
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  12. Bert Olivier (2004). The Logic of Noir and the Question of Radical Evil. Film and Philosophy 8:122-137.
     
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  13. Bert Olivier (2003). Discourse, Agency and the Question of Evil. South African Journal of Philosophy 22 (4):328-347.
    This paper addresses the question of evil from an ethical and discourse-analytical perspective, taking Joan Copjec's commentary on Kant's notion of ‘radical evil' and its relation to human freedom as its point of departure. Specifically, Copjec's argument, that for Kant (and, one may add, for Lacan) the subject is always ‘in excess of itself', provides an important foil for, or corrective to what may seem to be the upshot of Foucault's notion of discourse (its heuristic value notwithstanding). The latter entails (...)
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  14. Bert Olivier (2002). Body, Thought, Being-Human and Artificial Intelligence: Merleau-Ponty and Lyotard. South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):45-62.
    This article focuses in a comparative manner on the thought of Merleau-Ponty and Lyotard with a view to lending sup port to Busch's claim, that 'existentialism' preceded poststructuralism and postmodernism as far as criticism of certain features of modern philosophy are concerned. Attention is first given to Lyotard's critique of artificial intelligence, especially in so far as it displays a dependence on and development of insights on the part of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological-existential understanding of human embodiment and the specificity of human (...)
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  15. Bert Olivier (2002). Gadamer, Heidegger, Play, Art and the Appropriation of Tradition. South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):242-257.
    The present paper is an investigation into the links between Gadamer's conception of the mode of being of art in terms of 'play', and related models in the thought of some of his philosophical precursors, notably Kant and Heidegger. Due attention is given to the shift, in Gadamer's work, to a less subject-oriented approach to art, compared to those of Kant and Schiller, and the extent to which his own views were shaped by Heidegger's move away from subjectivism is emphasized. (...)
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  16. Bert Olivier (2002). Projections: Philosophical Themes on Film. University of Port Elizabeth.
     
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  17. Bert Olivier (2001). The Amplification of Reason, or the Recuperation of Imagination: Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. South African Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):171-190.
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  18. Bert Olivier (2000). Teaching Philosophy, Popular Culture, and Student Experience. South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (1).
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  19. Bert Olivier (1998). Critique, Architecture, Culture, Art. University of Port Elizabeth.
     
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  20. Bert Olivier (1998). Freud and Lyotard on Civilization. South African Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):126-141.
     
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  21. Bert Olivier (1997). The Sublime, Unpresentability and Postmodern Cultural Complexity. South African Journal of Philosophy 16 (1):7-13.
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  22. Bert Olivier (1996). Beyond Hierarchy? The Prospects of a Different Form of Reason. South African Journal of Philosophy 15 (2):41-50.
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  23. Bert Olivier (1996). 'I Don't Know My Way About': Philosophy, Map Making and Teaching. South African Journal of Philosophy 15 (3):105-111.
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