Frederick Neuhouser

Viola Manderfeld Professor of German 
Professor of Philosophy

2003- Viola Manderfeld Professor of German and Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College, Columbia University 
2006 Visiting Professor of Philosophy, J. W. Goethe- Universität, Frankfurt 
2005- Affiliate Scholar, Center for Psychoanalytic Training, Columbia University 
1998-03 Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University 
1996-98 Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of California-San Diego 
1988-95 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University 
1988 Ph.D., Columbia University


Various talks and articles on social and spiritual pathology in Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Durkheim, Weber, Freud, and the Frankfurt School.

Authored Books: 

Rousseau's Critique of Inequality: Reconstructing the Second Discourse (Cambridge, 2014)

Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition (Oxford, 2008) [in German: Pathologien der Selbstliebe (Suhrkamp, 2012)]

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

Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity (Cambridge, 1990)

Translated Book:

Alienation, by Rahel Jaeggi (Columbia, 2013)


The Stone, The New York Times, November 14, 2011

Articles/Publications (sample)

"Drei Farben: Rot, Kieślowski mit Rousseau," WestEnd (forthcoming)

"The Method of the Philosophy of Right," in Hegel's 'Elements of the Philosophy of Right', ed. David James (Cambridge, 2017), 16-36
[In German: "Die Dialektik der Freiheit in Hegels Rechtsphilosophie," Hegel-Studien (50), 2016, 11-30]

"Autonomy, Spiritual Illness, and Theodicy in Kant and Nietzsche,” in Nietzsche & Kantian Ethics, eds. Bailey, Constâncio (2017), 159-191

"Fichte's Separation of Right from Morality," Fichte's 'Foundations of Natural Right', ed. Gabriel Gottlieb (Cambridge, 2016), 32-51

"Rousseau’s Critique of Economic Inequality," PPA, 2013

"Rousseau's Julie: Passion, Love, and the Price of Virtue," in Understanding Love through Philosophy, Film, and Literature (Oxford, 2013), eds. S. Wolf, C. Grau

"Marx (und Hegel) zur Philosophie der Freiheit," in Nach Marx, eds. R. Jaeggi, D. Loick (Suhrkamp, 2013), 25-47

"The Critical Function of Genealogy in the Thought of J.-J. Rousseau," Review of Politics 74 (2012), 371-87

"Rousseau und die Idee einer 'pathologischen' Gesellschaft," Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 2012, 628-45

"Die normative Bedeutung von 'Natur' im moralischen und politischen Denken Rousseaus," in Sozialphilosophie und Kritik (Suhrkamp, 2009), ed. R. Forst, 109-33

"The Concept of Society in 19th Century Thought," in Cambridge History of Philosophy in the 19th Century, eds. A. Wood, S. Hahn (Cambridge, 2009)

"Rousseau und das menschliche Verlangen nach Anerkennung,"    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 6/2008, 27-51 [In English as "Rousseau and the Human Drive for Recognition," The Philosophy of Recognition, eds. H.-C. Schmidt am Busch, C. F. Zurn  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)]

"Desire, Recognition, and the Relation between Bondsman and Lord" in Hegel's 'Phenomenology of Spirit' (Blackwell, 2008), ed. K. Westphal, 37-54

"Hegel's Social Philosophy," in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel (Cambridge, 2008), 2nd ed., ed. Frederick Beiser

"The Idea of a Hegelian Science of Society," A Companion to Hegel, ed. S.Houlgate, M.Baur (Blackwell, 2009)

"Rousseau on the Relation between Reason and Self-Love (Amour Propre)," Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus,   2003, 221-39

"Freedom, Dependence, and the General Will," The Philosophical Review (102) 1993, 363-95

Academic Focus: 

19th-century German Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy


326D Milbank

Office Hours: 

On Leave Fall 2019


B.A., Wabash College
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

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