Stefan Bird-Pollan

Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis

Home Institution
University of Kentucky
Philosophy, Ethics
Host Institution
Sigmund Freud Museum
March 1, 2020–June 30, 2020

Stefan Bird-Pollan (DPhil in German literature, University of Oxford; PhD in philosophy, Vanderbilt University) is associate professor at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on how the notion of subjectivity is related to intersubjectivity in modern moral and political philosophy as well as in aesthetics.

He was the University of Vienna Fulbright Professor for Humanities and Social Science for the 2014–15 academic year. In May 2018, Stefan held a Fulbright Specialist award at the University of Parma to lecture on the topic of populism. He is also Fulbright Visiting Freud Lecturer at the Freud Institute in Vienna, Austria, during spring 2020.

His book Hegel, Freud and Fanon: The Dialectic of Emancipation, which places Frantz Fanon’s social critique in the tradition of German idealism, appeared in 2015 (Rowman and Littlefield). He has published articles on Kant, Hegel, Rawls, Marcuse, Adorno, Benjamin, Freud, and John McDowell.

Stefan is working on two book projects. One concerns Kant’s theory of the subject and its relation to Kant’s ethics. His current book project concerns the role of affect in the subject tempted by populism, provisionally entitled The Populist Subject. He is also co-editing a volume on the relation between Hegel’s aesthetic and Hegel’s political thought as well as another volume on the topic of populism and affect.