Eric Olson

BA Reed, PhD Syracuse

Department of Philosophy

Professor in Philosophy
+44 114 222 0591
Tuesday 4-5, Thursday 2-3

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Eric Olson
Department of Philosophy
Room C14
45 Victoria Street
S3 7QB

Eric grew up in the deserts of eastern Washington state, surrounded by tumbleweed, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. Like many philosophers, he spent his childhood wanting to become a scientist but had a conversion experience as an undergraduate. His expensive education was followed by a period of unemployment and hunger. Eventually, his luck changed and in 1995 he obtained a lectureship at Cambridge. He moved to Sheffield in 2003.

Eric's research is primarily in metaphysics and related areas. Topics of particular interest include personal identity, material objects, time, and death. He is perhaps best known for his book The Human Animal, which argues for the unorthodox view that we are biological organisms ('animalism').



  • Olson E-T (2017) Que sommes-nous ?: Sur la nature métaphysique des personnes. RIS download Bibtex download

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  • Olson ET (2016) Why is death bad?. RIS download Bibtex download