Phillip J. Henry

Phillip J. Henry

Phillip Henry is an intellectual historian of German-speaking Central Europe in the modern era with particular interest in the history of science; political theory; and critical social thought. At the crux of his current research is a concern for how the historical ruptures of European modernity impacted ideas of the self and led to significant shifts in the medical, psychiatric, and pedagogical regimes responsible for its formation and treatment.

Phillip is currently completing the manuscript of States of Exception: Psychoanalysis and Catastrophe, 1918-1950, a study of the remaking of psychoanalytic theory and practice from the end of the First World War to the beginning of the Cold War. Focusing on a group of Central European psychoanalysts working initially in Vienna, Berlin, and Budapest and later in Anglo-American exile, States of Exception explores the way that psychoanalysts fashioned new therapeutic techniques and new models of the mind in direct response to social and political upheavals. The crises transforming the world in which analysts worked gave rise to a new Freudian idea of the self and a new politics of psychoanalytic practice.



“Recasting Bourgeois Psychoanalysis: Education, Authority, and the Politics of Analytic Therapy in the Freudian Revision of 1918,” Modern Intellectual History, 16, no. 2 (2019), 471-500.

“A Whole Climate of Critique: Psychoanalytic Politics Between Vitality and Obsolescence,” (first author, co-authored with Benjamin Y. Fong), Critical Historical Studies 5, no. 1 (2018), 119-49.

“Democracy’s Children: Psychoanalysis, the Great War, and the Creatural Subject of the Zwischenkriegszeit,” Contemporary Austrian Studies 27 (2018), 253-62.


“The Idea of Society in Modern Europe” (SS084)

“The Freudian Revolution” (SS089)

“The Time of Modernity” (SS111)