Eugen Baer


Eugen Baer is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and former Dean of Hobart College located in upstate New York. He studied Theology at the University of Fribourg, Biblical Exegesis at the Pontificio Istituto Biblico in Rome, and received his PhD in Philosophy from Yale University. His dissertation was entitled "The Language of the Unconscious according to Jacques Lacan." Eugen's field of specialty is Semiotics, having served two terms as president of the Semiotic Society of America. He joined THE NEW INSTITUTE in 2019 where he currently works on a book about integrating issues related to death into everyday life.

Selected Publications

  • "Semiotic Approaches to Psychotherapy", 1975
  • "Medical Semiotics", 1988
  • "Hier und Dort", 2008
  • "Ewiges Leben im Wort", 2010


What gives you hope?

The global Black Lives Matter movement.

How does change happen?

Self-reflection which leads to transformative justice.

What is human?

The continual acceptance of the un-expected — not only in oneself but also in the other.


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