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Benjamin Y. Fong received his PhD in Religion from Columbia University, where he was also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He comes to Barrett from the University of Chicago, where he was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows and a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Division. His interests lie at the intersections of philosophy, psychology, critical social theory, and the study of religion.
His first book, Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism, which seeks to strengthen the psychoanalytic dimension of first generation critical theory in the hopes of rejuvenating its conception of subjection in late capitalism, was released in 2016 by Columbia University Press. His next project, tentatively titled Monsters of the Brain, Images of the Deity, will examine the history of the false dialectic of psychology and religion beginning in the west in the eighteenth century. He has published in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, and has also written posts for The New York Times' philosophy blog, "The Stone," on Freud and neuroscience.
Recent Work (as of Fall 2017):
“Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism is Responsible for your Problems with your Girlfriend’: On the Use of Psychoanalysis in the Work of the Frankfurt School” (with Scott Jenkins). Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (forthcoming).
“A Whole Climate of Critique: Psychoanalytic Politics Between Vitality and Obsolescence” (with Phillip Henry). Critical Historical Studies (forthcoming).
“The Psychic Make-Up of the New Anthropological Type.” South Atlantic Quarterly (forthcoming).
“Review of The ABCs of Socialism.” Logos: A Journal of Modern Culture & Society (forthcoming).
“The Disaster of Half-Education.” Columbia University Press Blog, January 6, 2017.
“On Pleasure.” The Los Angeles Review of Books’ Philosophical Salon, August 21, 2016