About Nobyeni


Nicole, female philosopher, therapistwriter, freelance / academic
Original thinking, necessity of the impossible (PhD)
Being human, language(s), intelligence, existentialism
Ying-yang, being-thought, love-life, bordering-space
English, Nederlands, Deutsch, Français
Now, present, becoming human
I am.

Nobyeni – when not knowing makes you upset (source).

Contact me:

Email: nicole.nobyeni @ gmail.com

About me

I am a female freelance philosopher, art/ACT therapist, teacher, epistemologist, human being, and (fiction) writer. My initial steps into philosophy are autodidactic, eventually culminating in a PhD in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (European Graduate School, 2015). My dissertation on ‘The Necessity of the Impossible’ (Exilic Press, 2019) was supervised by Anne Dufourmantelle. I’m interested in art, theater, books, travel and life.


Diagnosis of the Contemporary Philosopher” (Dutch, Damon, 2018). Why I wrote it (here in English) and more about the book itself (here in Dutch). An English translation is forthcoming. Perhaps.

The Necessity of the Impossible” (English, Exilic Press, 2019)

More information about current and finished writing projects.

Philosopher & ACT-THERAPIST

As a philosopher, I write (academic & non-academic, fiction & philosophy). I write reviews of philosophy books and cultural events for several websites. As an ACT therapist I support people who are facing a personal struggle and want to have existential, meaningful conversations that are not focused at ‘solving’ a problem, but broaden the perspective of how to approach it. Focusing on growth instead of solutions. Through conversations it is possible to find out where our thinking is coming from and what it is based on. By exploring other possible paradigms and philosophical approaches to life, one can find ways to deal with the questions that touch who we are.

I was the co-coordinator of a study group on Feminist Philosophy focusing on ‘Hospitality & Solidarity‘ at the Nordic Summer University, where I am also a (volunteer) board member. We hosted two annual symposia from 2020-2022, aiming at creating a space for exploring thought together. As a coordinator I was also involved in editing special issues of peer-reviewed journals, and co-leading a writing group and reading groups on feminist philosophy.


I teach philosophy and ACT to artists and therapists at Vrije Academie ’t Pad. I also teach different courses, such as a 4-day coursePhilosophy for the Artist‘ in which philosophical concepts are used as a tool to develop your artistic practice. I also teach and lead philosophical conversational groups in different spaces.

Some feedback from students (in Dutch):

“Nicole is ACT. Daarmee is ze heel kien op concepten, overtuigingen en kan ze er direct op inspelen.”
“Steady, kundig, alert.”
“Verbonden, kundig, ruimte gevend.”
“Ik vond het erg fijn hoe Nicole de groeps- en soms ook individuele processen in de gaten hield.”

Post-Doc and researcher

As a post-doc researcher I have been involved (2016-2019) with the sustainable behaviour research group to prof. Marie Harder at Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and as a Research Fellow at Brighton University (UK). In the Autumn of 2016 I was a visiting scholar to the University of Maryland with the Baha’i Chair for World Peace, Prof. Hoda Mahmoudi.

For present writing projects, please click here.
More details on Linkedin or read my current C.V. (in Dutch).

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Freelance philosopher, registered in the Netherlands, KvK 60089091.