Jonathan Lear

John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor

University of Chicago

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy. He works primarily on philosophical conceptions of the human psyche from Socrates to the present, and trained as a psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Lear is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. His books include: Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, Aristotle and Logical Theory, Aristotle: the Desire to Understand; Love and its Place in Nature: a Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis, Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul, Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life, Therapeutic Action: an Earnest Plea for Irony , and Freud . His most recent book is A Case for Irony