Eric Olson

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BA Reed, PhD Syracuse

Eric grew up in the deserts of eastern Washington state, USA. Like many philosophers, he spent his childhood wanting to become a scientist and had a conversion experience as an undergraduate. He wrote his first book, The Human Animal, during a period of unemployment following his studies.  His luck finally changed in 1995 when he obtained a lectureship at Cambridge. He moved to Sheffield in 2003, and has been a professor since 2007.

EricĀ“s research is primarily in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. Topics of particular interest include personal identity, the ontology of material objects, time, and death.

He was recently interviewed in 3:AM Magazine.  A video of his recent Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture is here.


Department of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
45 Victoria Street
Sheffield S3 7QB, UK
Tel. +44 (0)114 222 0591

Office Hours Spring 2014

Wednesday 3-5