Jonathan Lear

John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought and Philosophy and in the College

Phone: 773-702-8407

John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought and Philosophy and in the College

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy. He trained in Philosophy at Cambridge University and The Rockefeller University where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He works primarily on philosophical conceptions of the human psyche from Socrates to the present. He also trained as a psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Selected Publications

  • Aristotle and Logical Theory (1980)
  • Aristotle: The Desire to Understand (1988)
  • Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis (1990)
  • Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul (1998)
  • Happiness, death and the Remainder of Life (2000)
  • Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony (2003)
  • Freud (2005)

Courses Taught

  • A Philosophical Introduction to Freud and Psychoanalysis
  • Plato: Republic
  • Soren Kierkegaard: Concluding Unscientific Postscript by Johannes Climacus
  • Soren Kierkegaard: Sickness Unto Death by Anti-Climacus
  • Plato's Phaedrus
  • Heidegger, Being and Time, Division II