Carlo Strenger (1958 – 2019)

Carlo Strenger, XLV. Sigmund Freud Vorlesung, 2018 (c) Martin Hoermandinger
Carlo Strenger, XLV. Sigmund Freud Lecture, 2018 (c) Martin Hoermandinger

The philosopher, psychoanalyst and journalist Carlo Strenger was a member of the advisory board of the Sigmund Freud Foundation since 2010. His voice on this panel was as important as his contributions valuable and generous in nature. Carlo Strenger’s readiness for intellectual discussions beyond any restrictions as well as his desire for criticism and controversy were formative for the work of the advisory board and thus also for the scientific profile of the Sigmund Freud Foundation in the last decade. His commitment can be seen in various projects as well as his clever and prudent proposals for invitations to the Sigmund Freud Lecture. Carlo's warm and humorous nature as well as his intellectual sharpness will remain unforgettable. In May 2018, Carlo Strenger introduced the Sigmund Freud Lecture by Philipp Blom, Let Me Tell You a Story. Narrative Identities in Times of Turmoil. He gave his first lecture at Berggasse 19 in 2010 at the conference "Money and Soul" under the title "Just Do It" - Global Myth and Mental Reality.

Throughout and through liberalism, Carlo Strenger has in recent years dealt with the all-encompassing uncertainty with which western societies and their citizens are struggling in the face of political developments since the end of the Cold War. In 2017, Carlo Strenger presented his book Abenteuer Freiheit. Eine Anleitung zur Verteidigung unserer Kultur (Suhrkamp 2017) and held a discussion with Michael Fleischhacker at the Sigmund Freud Museum. In 2015, he published the book Zivilisierte Verachtung. Eine Anleitung zur Verteidigung unserer Freiheit also discussing the question of freedom in our society. Unfortunately, he could not present his latest book Diese verdammten liberalen Eliten: Wer sie sind und warum wir sie brauchen personally at Berggasse 19.

Carlo Strenger was born in Basel in 1958. After studying psychology and philosophy in Zurich, he received his doctorate in Jerusalem in 1989. He understood his academic work internationally, his centre of life and central place of teaching was the University of Tel Aviv, where he taught until recently as a professor of psychology and philosophy. In addition to his book publications, the Tel Aviv-practicing psychoanalyst with a worldwide network became well-known for his column in the Neue ZĂĽrcher Zeitung, which appeared between 2012 and 2019. He also regularly published internationally in the Guardian and Ha'aretz. He was a senior research fellow at the City University of New York, and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. 

On October 25, 2019, Carlo Strenger, whom we painfully miss, died at the age of only 61 in Tel Aviv.
In the name of the Sigmund Freud Foundation
Jeanne Wolff Bernstein (chair of the advisory board)
Peter Nömaier, Monika Pessler, Daniela Finzi (board of directors)

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