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Fernando Vidal

Visiting Scholar (Mar 2018)

Research Professor, Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies

Fernando Vidal studied psychology and the history of science at Harvard, Geneva, and Paris, and has a Habilitation from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is Research Professor of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Professor at the Center for the History of Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Associate Member of the Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris. From 2000 to 2012, he was Research Scholar at Department II of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has published on a broad range of topics in the history of the human sciences, with a focus on the dynamics of knowledge and values, and how they shape views about the human and the relations between mind and body. He is the author, among others, of The Sciences of the Soul: the Early Modern Origins of Psychology (2011) and Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (2017, with F. Ortega), and editor of The Moral Authority of Nature (2004, with L. Daston), Neurocultures (2011, with Francisco Ortega), and Endangerment, Biodiversity and Culture (2015, with N. Dias). He is editor of a forthcoming thematic issue of Science in Context on “Science in Film and the Deficit Model.” While at the MPI, Fernando will be working on a book entitled Performing Brains on Screen.

Projects

II. The Sciences of the Archive

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IV. Between the Natural and the Human Sciences

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Performing Brains on Screen

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Being Brains

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Cold War Rationality

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Endangerment, Biodiversity, and Culture

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The Cerebral Subject: Brain, Self, and Body in Contemporary Culture

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The Imagination and Miracles as Epistemic Things

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VII. Knowledge and Belief

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X. The Moral Authority of Nature

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Selected Publications

Vidal, F., & Ortega, F. (2017). Being brains: making the cerebral subject. New York: Fordham University Press.

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Vidal, F. (2011). The sciences of the soul: the early modern origins of psychology. Chicago [u.a.]: Chicago University Press.

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Vidal, F., & Dias, N. (Eds.). (2015). Endangerment, biodiversity and culture. New York: Routledge.

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Vidal, F. (2015). Historical and ethical perspectives of modern neuroimaging. In J. Clausen, & N. Levy (Eds.), Handbook of neuroethics (pp. 535-550). Dordrecht: Springer.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

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Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Caujimalpa and Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Mexico

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Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

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Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

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Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro

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Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro