Hannah Zeavin on the Triumph of the Therapeutic

27 Feb, 2023

Hannah Zeavin on the Triumph of the Therapeutic

Hannah Zeavin, a scholar, writer, and editor whose work centers on the history of human sciences (psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry), the history of technology, feminist STS, and media theory, has been featured on the "Know Your Enemy" podcast. Know Your Enemy is a podcast about the American right co-hosted by Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell. Know Your Enemy explores the key figures, arguments, texts, and ideas of conservatism from the left, with an eye toward learning from their opponents.

The podcast goes over the questions that preoccupied Philip Rieff (1922-2006), an idiosyncratic sociologist and product of the University of Chicago, such as "How can we live together without God? Is there any substitute for religion in cohering a moral community? And if not, what can we do to revive the old sacred authority that reason, science, and liberalism have interred?". Hannah Zeavin and Alex Colston, help us navigate Rieff, Freud, and the conservative underbelly of psychoanalysis. Hannah is an assistant professor at Indiana University in the Luddy School of Informatics; Alex is a PhD student at Duquesne University in clinical psychology.

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