Eric Olson

Eric Olson

BA Reed, PhD Syracuse

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').


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

Office hours Spring 2020

Tuesday 4-5, Thursday 2-3, room C14