Frederick Neuhouser

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Frederick Neuhouser
Residence New York, New York, United States
Nationality United States
Fields Continental philosophy, 19th century philosophy, Social theory
Institutions Barnard College, Columbia University
Alma mater Wabash College (B.A.); Columbia University (Ph.D.)

Frederick Neuhouser is the Viola Manderfeld Professor of German and a Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Before joining Columbia as a faculty member, Neuhouser taught at Harvard University, University of California, San Diego, Cornell University and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Neuhouser graduated from Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN), summa cum laude, 1979, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Neuhouser's focus is on German Idealism and continental social theory. He has published three books: Fichte's Theory of Subjectivity (Cambridge University Press, 1990); Foundations of Hegel's Social Theory: Actualizing Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2000), which argues for the centrality of "social freedom" in Hegel's political thought; and Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition (Oxford University Press, 2008).

His current work is centered on Rousseau, especially on notions of recognition, self-love (amour propre) and rationality.

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