Stefanos Geroulanos

Assistant Professor of History

New York University

Stefanos Geroulanos teaches and writes in the field of modern European intellectual history, with a focus on French and German thought, and on the history of scientific and medical concepts.

Geroulanos's teaching includes courses on the history of particular concepts and conceptual constellations; on moments in European philosophical and scientific thought, and on specific intellectuals. Recent courses include “Freud: Psychiatry, Sexuality, Science, Madness, Vienna”; “The Origin of Humanity: A European Obsession, 1700-2000”; “European Culture and World War One”; “European Conceptions of the New Man, 1789-1945”; “European Intellectual History, 1805-1914”; “Structuralism: Science, Language, and Man in Postwar Europe”; and “Heidegger & Merleau-Ponty: Philosophy and Political Culture.”

Geroulanos is the author of two books: An Atheism that is not Humanist Emerges in French Thought (2010), which interprets the history of antihumanism in terms of three parallel transformations—of the notion of the human, of secular humanism, and of atheism—in interwar and postwar France, and Experimente im Individuum: Kurt Goldstein und die Frage des Organismus (2013), co-authored with the medical anthropologist Todd Meyers, which concerns the work of the German-Jewish neurologist Kurt Goldstein, particularly his elaboration of a concept of the individual in his neuropsychiatric work on aphasia and brain injury. This “individual” was crucial for his arguments on organismic wholeness, tonic musculature, patienthood, and therapy, his experimental practices aiming at a revision of physiology, and his considerable philosophical influence (e.g. on Cassirer, Canguilhem, and Merleau-Ponty).