Frederick Neuhouser

Viola Manderfeld Professor of German & Professor of Philosophy
Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Frederick Neuhouser, Viola Manderfeld Professor of German and professor of philosophy and chair of the department of philosophy, joined the faculty of Barnard in 2003. He has also taught at Harvard University, the University of California, San Diego, Cornell University, and J. W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany.

Professor Neuhouser is also an affiliate scholar in the Center for Psychoanalytic Training at Columbia University.

His latest book is Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love (Oxford), on Rousseau's account of both the dangers and the redemptive potential of self-love (amour propre).

His areas of expertise include German philosophy, Marxism, psychoanalysis, critical social theory, and social and political philosophy.

Selected Publications

Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition (Oxford, 2008)

The Foundations of Hegel's Social Theory (Harvard, 2000)

Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity (Cambridge, 1990)

"Rousseau's Julie: Passion, Love, & the Price of Virtue," Forthcoming.

"Desire, Recognition, and the Relation between Bondsman and Lord," Forthcoming

"Die kritische Funktion der Genealogie im Denken Rousseaus," Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 4 (2006)

"The Idea of a Hegelian 'Science' of Society," in Quaderni di Teoria Sociale (2005)

"Rousseau on the Relation between Reason and Self-Love (Amour propre)," in Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus (2003)

Academic Focus: 

Social and political philosophy
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European philosophy

Office Hours: 

Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment


B.A., Wabash College

M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

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