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    Wings of Desire: Reflections on Sexual Desire, Identity and Freedom.Abraham Olivier - 2018 - South African Journal of Philosophy 37 (4):452-465.
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    Heidegger in the Township.Abraham Olivier - 2015 - South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (2):240-254.
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    The Place of Philosophy in Africa.Abraham Olivier - 2016 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 54 (4):502-520.
    Recently there has been a strong movement towards reflections about the “geography of reason,” especially among philosophers who deal with postcolonial thinking. There is also a renewed interest among different schools of thought, both analytical and continental, in the ways our “life world,” or “embodiment,” or “situated cognition,” shape our minds and eventually the philosophy we do. As a result, we have seen some recent publications on the nature and import of the concept of “place” by authors such as Edward (...)
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  4. When Pains Are Mental Objects.Abraham Olivier - 2003 - Philosophical Studies 115 (1):33-53.
    In Why pains are not mental objects Guy Douglasrightly argues that pains are modes rather than objects ofperceptions or sensations. In this paper I try to go a stepfurther and argue that there are circumstances when pains canbecome objects even while they remain modes of experience.By analysing cases of extreme pain as presented by Scarry,Sartre, Wiesel, Grahek and Wall, I attempt to show thatintense physical pain may evolve into a force that, likeimagination, can make our most intense state of experiencebecome (...)
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    The African Other: Philosophy, Justice and the Self.Abraham Olivier - 2019 - Angelaki 24 (2):2-9.
    Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2019, Page 2-9.
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    The African Other: Philosophy, Justice and the Self.Abraham Olivier - 2019 - Angelaki 24 (2):1-1.
    Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2019, Page 1-1.
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    Phenomenology of the Human Condition.Abraham Olivier - 2011 - South African Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):184-196.
    This paper addresses two issues. The first part deals with the classic question of human nature by focussing on the problem of human consciousness, in particular, the relationship between subjective and intentional consciousness. I argue for an essential link between subjectivity and intentionality by suggesting a phenomenological conception of the human condition. On this basis, the second part deals with what I call ‘humane’ ethics. This part shows that my conception of the human condition contains a humane approach to morality.
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    Place and Displacement: Towards a Distopological Approach.Abraham Olivier - 2019 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 27 (1):31-56.
    ABSTRACTMost recently, debates on decolonization, transformation, and Africanization raise, again, critical questions about the continuous dominance of the Western practice of philosophy in an African place. Such debates bear particular reference to colonization; however, they are relevant to any place where displacement is an issue and transformation demanded. Yet, the concept of displacement receives surprisingly little attention in these debates or in literature on place. I argue that place and displacement are inherently related, and explore some implications of this relation (...)
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  9. Was ist Schmerz?Abraham Olivier - 2007 - Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 32 (1):7-30.
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    The Possibility of a Science of Consciousness Critical Reflections on Dennett and Merleau-Ponty.Abraham Olivier - 2010 - South African Journal of Philosophy 29 (2):104-116.
    In his latest book, entitled “Sweet dreams”, Daniel Dennett confirms and expands on his argument for a natural science of human consciousness. He dubs his view heterophenomenology: a third-person, scientific form of phenomenological description that can account for the most private and ineffable subjective experiences. A central part of his book consists of a reinvention of Jackson's thought experiment about color blind scientist, Mary, who tries to figure out what color experience is like. I explore another variation of this thought (...)
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    Die Sin van Pyn. (The Meaning of Pain).Abraham Olivier - 2000 - South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):235-254.
    Most contemporary discussions about pain take place within the frame work of materialistic theories. Their general point of departure is an attempt to explain mental pain in terms of physical pain. In this article I address two major problems, which materialistic theories deal with, from within a phenomenological perspective. The first problem is to find a physiological explanation of pain that leaves space for mental pain experience. The second problem, which I focus on, consists in the attempt to offer a (...)
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    On the Nature of Language – Heidegger and African Philosophy.Abraham Olivier - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):310-324.
    This paper explores links between Heidegger's notion of language and views in African philosophy. My contention is that Heidegger's daring phenomenology of language is also found and even radicalised within the framework of African philosophy, particularly the philosophy of myth. I argue that the exploration of the relation between these views of language offers the possibility not only to expand on the conventional conception of language but also to challenge the common notion of philosophical language and philosophy as such. South (...)
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    The Spatiality of Pain.Abraham Olivier - 2006 - South African Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):336-349.
    How far can one ascribe a spatial meaning to pain? When I have a pain, for instance, in my leg, how should one understand the “in” in the “pain in my leg”? I argue (contrary to Noordhof) that pain does have a spatial meaning, but (contrary to Tye) that the spatiality of pain is not to be understood in the standard sense of spatial enclosure. Instead, spatiality has a special meaning with regard to pain. By defining pain in phenomenological terms (...)
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    Nietzsche and Neurology.Abraham Olivier - 2003 - Nietzsche-Studien 32 (1):124-141.
    In this paper Nietzsche's physiology of pain is critically related to recent theories of neurology of pain. Nietzsche offers no encompassing notion of a neurology of pain like the well-known theories of, for instance, Melzack and Wall do. But, as will be shown, Nietzsche's notion of physiology offers a productive connection with contemporary neurology, particularly with Wall's newest notion of the neurology of pain. Thus I shall not discuss Nietzsche's view on science in general, but the possible application of his (...)
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    Educating Pain.Abraham Olivier - 2002 - South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (2):122-132.
    In times in which we ask ourselves how political cruelty and torments can be forgotten, Nietzsche's pleadoyer for pain to serve the purpose of education, surprises. What might sound like a mere provocation, rather lies at the heart of the Nietzschean philosophy. As is pointed out, Nietzsche's contention that pain is the most powerful aid to mnemonics, originates from his philosophy of pain as the main condition of all forms of creation. The title “educating (bilden) pain” expresses Nietsche's advocacy of (...)
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    Nature Talk – Nature Talking?Abraham Olivier - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 19:129-139.
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    When Pain Becomes Unreal.Abraham Olivier - 2002 - Philosophy Today 2 (2):113-131.
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    The Problem of Defining Pain.Abraham Olivier - 2008 - Philosophy Today 52 (1):3-14.
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    Phenomenology and Naturalism.Rafael Winkler, Catherine Botha & Abraham Olivier - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (3):285-288.
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    Identity and Difference.Rafael Winkler & Abraham Olivier - 2016 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 47 (2):95-97.
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    Brain Drain: A Communitarian Response to Brock and Blake.Abraham Olivier - 2017 - South African Journal of Philosophy 36 (1):78-90.
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    When Pain Becomes Unreal.Abraham Olivier - 2002 - Philosophy Today 46 (2):115-130.
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    Editorial Note.Abraham Olivier - 2010 - South African Journal of Philosophy 29 (2):61-61.
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  24. Nietzsche and Neurology.Abraham Olivier - 2003 - Nietzsche Studien Gesamtregister Bände 1-20 32:124-141.
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  25. The Limits of the Present. Husserl and Heidegger on Temporal Limitation.Abraham Olivier - 2003 - Phänomenologische Forschungen:133-148.
  26. The Spatiality of Pain.Abraham Olivier - 2006 - South African Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):336-349.
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