George Makari: The dilemmas of the embodied mind

Modernity has been structured around fracture lines, like the mind-body problem, the nature nurture problem, free will versus determinism, and secularism or faith. We explore these issues with George Makari.

Historian and psychiatrist George Makari is the author of the widely acclaimed Revolution in Mind: the Creation of Psychoanalysis, which received the Gradiva Prize and was called the best history of its kind by Harold Bloom. The book has received over eighty reviews worldwide and has been the focus of numerous international conferences. His second book, Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind, was just published in November and was called “brilliant, compendious…essential reading” in the Wall Street Journal.

Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, Dr. Makari is Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Adjunct Professor at Rockefeller University and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. His essays have won numerous honors and have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Time, and The Lancet. For more information, go to

Published January 2016