Frederick Neuhouser

Frederick Neuhouser, who is professor of philosophy at Barnard College-Columbia University, specializes in German Idealism and social and political philosophy. He has written four books: Rousseau's Critique of Inequality (2014), Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love (2008), Foundations of Hegel's Social Theory (2000), and Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity (1990). Much of his recent work focuses on recognition and amour-propre, and he is now working on social ontology and social pathology. Other interests include psychoanalysis and film (especially the work of Krzysztof Kieślowski).




Durkheim on Social Ontology and Social Pathology

Frederick Neuhouser investigates Émile Durkheim's conception of anomie in order to understand why he is led to conceive of social problems on the model of medical pathologies. He elaborates the picture of social ontology that underlies his conception of social pathology, and he focuses on the ethical content of his sociology, which marks one important way in which social pathologies differ from their biological counterparts.

  • Thursday 27 April 2017, 15:00-18:00 - EHESS (room 13) - 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


Rousseau and Pathologies of Misrecognition

Frederick Neuhouser investigates Rousseau's conception of amour propre, the distinctively human passion that leads us to seek the recognition of others. He explains why Rousseau believes amour propre is the source of such evils as domination, immorality, conflict, unhappiness, and alienation. F. Neuhouser also argues that amour propre has the potential, when formed properly through education and just social institutions, to solve the very problems it gives rise to.

  •  Tuesday 9 May, 14:00-16:00, Université du Piémont, Vercelli, Aula dei Capitelli, Department of Humanities, University of Piemonte Orientale


Rousseau et le droit politique

This session will be a debate on Rousseau with Bruno Bernardi

  • Thursday 11 May, 15:00-18:00 - EHESS (room 8) - 105, bd Raspail 75006 Paris


What is social pathology ?

F. Neuhouser addresses the question of what it could mean to diagnose a society as ill. He tries to understand why social theorists are drawn to the concept of social pathology and what theoretical benefits the concept has. F. Neuhouser claims that the idea of social pathology enables us to diagnose social problems that liberal political theories are blind to. Finally, he considers what dangers the idea might bring with it.

  • Wednesday 24 May, 15:00-17:00 - EHESS (room 8) - 105, bd Raspail 75006 Paris