Olav Wiegand was born on 22 Feb 1962 in Joensuu, Finland. For the term of his German
civil service he worked for the international children's aid organization
Terre des Hommes.
He then began studies in philosophy at the University of Mainz, where his first
focus was the lectures of the phenomenologist Thomas M. Seebohm who had just
Pennsylvania State University
to a full professorship in Mainz.
In the winter semester of 1987/88 Olav Wiegand started studying Computer Science
as well, in the context of which he implemented a theorem proving system (using
PROLOG) in 1991. This system, in conjunction with an analysis of its philosophical
relevance, earned him an M.A. degree that was jointly refereed by the Depts. of
of the University of Mainz.
In January of 1991 he began his first official position as a programmer and
systems administrator in the
Math Department of the University of Mainz.
However, briefly thereafter Prof. Seebohm offered him a position in
the Philosophy Dept., which gave him the opportunity to develop his work on
phenomenology in the form of a dissertation. In spite of a heavy teaching load,
the dissertation was submitted in 1994 (the final oral exam took place 6 July 1995).
The thesis was published in a thoroughly revised version in 1998 as
Interpretationen der Modallogik
(Interpretations of Modal Logic) and earned the Award of the Johannes
Gutenberg-University for the year 1996, and the
International Edward G. Ballard Book Price for the year 1999.
In October 1995 Wiegand received a position as associate prof.
(wissenschaftlicher Assistent) in the Philosophy Dept of the U of Mainz. His main
duty here was to complete a Habilitation on the subject of the phenomenological
background of (Husserlian) mereology, and to establish a philosophical fundament for
connecting the formal study of natural language with phenomenology, formal mereology
In April 1998 he took up a research stay in the USA, funded by the
He was appointed Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Philosophy of
New York University
as well as in the Mathematics Dept. of the
He also visited the
Philosophy Dept. of SUNY at Buffalo,
in order to work with
on problems of mereology. On the invitation of
he was then once again appointed to the position of Visiting Scholar at NYU in 1999.
Since 1995 Wiegand is assistant editor of the book series
Central-European Value Studies,
which is published with
(Amsterdam and Atlanta). He was received frequent invitations to teach and lecture
Tampere University (Finland),
where he collaborates with
Since Januar 2000 Wiegand is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the
Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, Inc. (CARP)
and since Feb of 2001 has been serving as consulting editor for the book series
Classics in Phenomenology,
as well as for the journals
Contemporary Phenomenological Thought
Since Sep 2002 Olav Wiegand works for the
Academy of the Sciences and Literature, Mainz.
Since Sep 2003 he is head of the project "Lexikon deutsch-jüdischer
Autoren."  that is located at