Avraham Rot

Avraham Rot

Richard A. Macksey Postdoctoral Fellow

Gilman 213
Curriculum Vitae

Avraham Rot is Richard A. Macksey Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Thought & Literature. He holds a PhD in intellectual history from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in German studies and a BA in history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2009–10, he was Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

His research and teaching explore themes in the history of philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry in the Western tradition, with special attention to secularization, psychopathology, and the history of emotions. He is currently completing a book project entitled From Anxiety to Boredom: An Emotional History of Secularization. The main argument presented in this book is that, reflecting a general increase in skepticism, or what can be described as uncertain object-relations, there has been a transition from anxiety to boredom in late modernity, but rather than a process of direct replacement, this has been a process of bifurcation whereby religious anxiety has been transformed so as to reappear in two ideal-typical secular forms: everyday boredom on the one hand and pathological anxiety on the other. Building on this work, his next book project, tentatively entitled Orderly and Disorderly Passions: The Postulate of Anxiety in Psychopathology, utilizes the notions of genealogy and critique as elaborated by Nietzsche, Deleuze, and Foucault in order to examine the philosophical and theological origins of contemporary debates concerning the nature and classification of anxiety, mood, trauma, and stressor-related disorders. Other work in progress includes an article entitled "Graded Affective Intentionality," which, on the basis of Spinoza's philosophy of emotions, brings together competing strands of emotion research, by showing that, contrary to the received view, as well as to the way in which it was originally conceived by Franz Brentano, intentionality is not a binary determination, but a matter of degree. In addition to that, he has recently completed an article entitled “The Ontological Status of the Affects in Spinoza’s Metaphysics: 'Being in,' 'Affection of,' and the Affirmation of Finitude,” which is forthcoming in The Review of Metaphysics.

Avraham Rot has published papers on post-national European identity, postwar German collective memory, and the historiography of Russian Jewry in the nineteenth century. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, a research award of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, and a grant of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window of the European Union at the Free University of Brussels.