Jonathan Lear

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and philosophy professor at the University of Chicago. Also trained as a psychoanalyst, much of his work focuses on the intersection of psychoanalysis and philosophy. Before moving to Chicago in 1996, he held tenured positions both at University of Cambridge and at Yale.  He is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, as well as awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Institute for the Humanites (US). His psychoanalytic writings have repeatedly won the National Association for Psychoanalysis’s Gradiva award. Among his publications are Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (2006) and A Case for Irony (2011).  A revised second edition of his book Freud will be published in February, 2015.