This lecture will consider the phenomenon of fear from a philosophical as well as from a psychoanalytic point of view, and will go on to analyze our society's dependence on fear as a motivation--a fear often fostered in the name of an alleged need for "security." The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Avital Ronell (University Professor of Humanities and Chair of Comparative Literature at NYU).
Anne Dufourmantelle holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and teaches both philosophy and the history of psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. A practicing psychoanalyst, she is also the author of seven books in the fields of psychoanalysis and philosophy, as well as, with Jacques Derrida,
De l'hospitalité (2007,); with Antonio Negri,
Du retour (2002); and, with Avital Ronell,
Fighting Theory (2010). Her latest book,
Puissance de la douceur (Payot, 2013), will be published in English translation by Fordham University Press in Fall 2015.